Here in my workshop,
- I specialise in fine woodwork using traditional handtools and techniques.
- I maximise handwork in each piece as I believe it introduces aesthetic movement into my work that cannot be found in mass produced items.
- I prefer to use ethically sourced wood acquired from local millers.
- I find an elegant beauty in simplicity, simplicity is often challenging in that it can be complicated to execute and simplicity of design also introduces a modern aesthetic.
My workshop is a small barn situated in the garden of the property we rent here in Suffolk. It must have been a very small cottage at one time as there is a house number still above the door and a fireplace inside.
When we arrived it was full of the landlord's items with ivy growing in through the eaves, rotten windows, even a dried snake in amongst the rubbish!
I repaired the windows, eaves, door and started the inevitable process of building a soundproof, floating room within the barn.
It was important for me to make sure no sound escaped to the outside as I didn't want noise from my cyclone, bandsaw and other machinery to disturb the neighbourhood!
None of the structure touches the barn and it all sits on a thick neoprene layer. In this picture you can see the 100mm rockwool insulation being installed.
After a full-on three weeks and even making new windows for the inside, I was ready to start woodworking.