Former head of the property-making workshop at the National Theatre, I began to focus exclusively on woodwork more than 30 years ago. As a freelance craftsman I design and make furniture, and undertake commissions for all kinds of woodwork. Having worked for several years with Thomas Goff (1898-1975), who had been at the forefront of the early music revival during the 1950s and 1960s, I extended my own interest in keyboard instruments. I build both single and double-strung clavichords, and have recently developed a Viennese-action piano.
I work on my own, using mainly hand methods with a minimum of machine tools, in my stables-converted workshop on the Essex/Suffolk border. I have a keen interest in traditional and regional furniture techniques and prefer to work with British-grown timbers such as oak, elm, ash, chestnut, sycamore and fruitwoods; whenever possible I use locally-grown woods.
My furniture and musical instruments have been exhibited across England over the past 30 years and my latest work can be seen regularly during open days at my workshop. For the past 20 years I have taken part in the musical instrument makers’ exhibition at the annual Suffolk Villages Festival. I am also a member of the Suffolk Craft Society and take part in the annual exhibition at Aldeburgh and have work on display at their permanent shop in Ipswich.