My prime motivation is to create something that is truly worthwhile, that combines original design, fine craftsmanship and the finest hardwoods.
I have recently retired and now have a studio in my garden at home,where I can now offer fee paying courses,these will be part time ( afternoon's ) running for 10 weeks at a time.They will be bespoke courses tailored to the students needs,be they beginers or more advanced as I shall be running them on a one to one basis.
The arts and crafts movement is a great inspiration to me, with its honouring of materials, traditional jointing methods and natural finishes. Although I prefer, curves lots of curves, and this I do by laminating. This allows me to create shapes which would not be possible in solid wood alone.
Along with the more contempory techinque of laminating, which is done by cutting a large piece of hardwood into strips (laminates) and then gluing them together, I use traditional cabinet making techinques, dovetails, mortise & tenon and halving joints thoughout my pieces. These have surved craftsmen well for hundreds of years and I want to carry on that tradition.
My favourite finish is oiling, this is a totally natural finish and will only work on solid wood as it penetrates deep into the surface giving a glorious low lustre finish, that not only feeds the wood but also brings out the colours and natural markings in the wood.