I have enjoyed working with wood all my life, often in a marine environment, boatbuilding and repairing. This experience has developed my interest in the natural qualities of different timbers and their design capabilities. I have been turning wood for more than thirty-five years now, and have shown my work successfully in London as well as locally. I trained initially at Millers Dale in Yorkshire and subsequently at Wedmore in Somerset with the internationally renowned turner, Melvyn Firmager. I rarely work to a preconceived design because I search to make the best use of the shape and colour which is to be found in each piece of wood. Faulty timber presents particularly interesting challenges and the final form of any piece is a discovery achieved during the process of turning. No two pieces are the same; each is unique.