I describe myself as a lifelong amateur woodworker. My first day’s work began in a small joiner’s workshop in Stockport, England in 1965. No masterpieces ever emerged from that workshop that I knew of, but it was there that my life working wood began alongside real woodworkers. My amateur status comes from the fact that whether I got paid or not I always worked wood. Professionals do it only for money. I have been privileged to work with wood every day for 45 years. In the beginning, no one knew me and here, two thirds through, still no one knows me. But my work and my designs gained the approval of President Bush, Senator Gramm and two of my larger pieces now grace the Cabinet Room of the White House as part of the White House Permanent Collection there.
I have made canoes, built a cello for my son and had my designs copied by woodworkers who liked my designs and needed to make a living.