As a young designer maker I have always had an interest in craft from an early age, I went from borrowing my Dad’s Makita drill, to making stools and guitar stands. I learned basic wood carving at school and by 13 years of age I began to design and make my own instruments and horn-loaded loudspeakers.
In my spare time and school holidays I helped to repair fine furniture and built musical instruments. A few years later I developed my skillset further in the Luthiery business. At fifteen, I began working in London's famous 'Tin Pan Alley' in Soho, under master Luthier Jack Toker. Studying under Jack helped me to redefine my skill-set, I then moved back to my home city, Canterbury, and started a small business building and repairing instruments.
Although I no longer make musical instruments, the skills and knowledge I gained now feed into my current practice.
I enjoy the freedom and variety that design allows. I love the creativity and the challenges that it presents me with. I feel my background in Luthiery and my deep understanding of materials and process allows me to make beautiful, functional and innovative designs.
My design ethos is a simple one, I like to make restrained, innovative products with simplicity, elegance and functionality at the heart of the design.
My work is inspired by master craftsman, designers and engineers such as: George Nakashima, Oluwaseyi Sosanya, David Linley, John Makepeace, Flaminio Bertoni and Michihiro Matsuda.