NEW!!! SPOON CARVING COURSE AND BOWL CARVING COURSE AT Regather, Sheffield – NOW BOOKING FOR Feb 2019 (SEE THE COURSES PAGE)
I started crafting initially with paint, photography and film, but had always had a passion for old tools, wood and metal. I initially started out dabbling in instrument making and cabinet making which taught me many skills, but it was only when I started to learn about green woodwork and the old, traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations, that my passion really started to grow.
The pull towards working outdoors, with the natural environment and with hand tools not machines grew stronger over the years and I now work solely outdoors throughout the year, my work changing to compliment the seasons.
Everything I make has a story to tell, using material that is sustainable and local. I can tell you exactly where the tree has come from that your bowl, spoon or chair has been created from. I also love creating functional items, that as well as being beautiful, will also be used every day, it is hugely satisfying to eat from a wooden bowl and spoon that you have made yourself whilst sat on a chair that you have made entirely by hand.
I work from my workshop or in the woods and anywhere else where I can carry a log and my tools!
I undertake coppice and conservation work in the winter as well as working with hedgelayer Jasper Prachek. This is how I sustainably source my materials and It gives me a greater respect and understanding of the wood that I am using.
I have a passion for passing on these skills and i run craft courses, including spoon and bowl carving and also work freelance teaching greenwoodwork to groups of children and adults. I also undertake demonstrations and run workshops at events and festivals all over the country.
I am a qualified level three forest school leader and hold full public liability insurance, dbs and first aid.
I can be booked for demonstrations, craft workshops and education sessions.