When I discovered furniture making, I found the kind of satisfaction that comes from the union of creative ideas and practiced skill.
I've designed and built bespoke furniture for almost twenty years. I've also made lots of things that aren't strictly furniture- I like to play with around with other media and forms. Once you have a love of making, it's hard to stop.
I now teach the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
When I'm not in the shop, I love to ride bikes of all kinds. I'm currently restoring a vintage CCM single speed tandem.
I count myself lucky to have had amazing teachers and mentors. I probably wouldn't have taken the path of becoming a furniture maker if it wasn't for them. It's hard to believe I'm now teaching the program I was a student of.
One of the best things about teaching is that I am continually learning, too. About my craft, and about people. Everyone is there for different reasons, and everyone needs something a little different.
There's nothing better than to see someone struggle to learn and then really 'get it'- like the first time they sharpen a chisel really well and experience what that feels like and the difference it makes to their work. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to be able to facilitate that kind of learning.