As far back as I can recall, I have always enjoyed
playing with wood.  One of my earliest memories is 
of playing with some oddly shaped wooden building 
blocks in my grandparents house. Only later I realized
that they were in fact offcuts from the furniture workshop
across the road. Later on, I remember spending long afternoons
taking apart packing crates, straightening the rusty nails, and nailing
the boards back together to build play houses. By the age of 11, I had set up my own “falegnameria” in a broom closet, hanging my trusty tools on the wall (a much loved fret saw, a hand saw, a hammer, a pair of pliers and an archimedes drill which I never mastered). 

                            My education however took an academic direction, away from any hands-on
                                     training. Later, a career in youth work, outdoor education and personal 
                                            development training took me from Italy to the United Stated and
                                               then to Britain.  It was here that I started a formal furniture making
                                                 training. I achieved Distinction in City and Guilds qualifications at
                                                   Warwickshire College, in Leamington Spa.

                                                I then went to work as a cabinet maker for Robin Furlong, making
                                         bespoke fine furniture. Among the pieces I made for Robin, is the    
                                     Gullwing Cabinet that was awarded the prestigious Guild Mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

From 2001 to 2008 I was responsible for the Furniture Crafts courses at Warwickshire College. 
In 2009 I achieved my BA (Hons) in Furniture Design at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, and started my own business.

I am now based at The Studio in Warwick, a space I share with other craftspeople and artists. However, I am still involved in education, teaching evening classes at Warwickshire College and on the Furniture BA at Rycotewood Furniture Centre.

In 2009 I was accepted as a Licentiate (Distinction) in the 
Society of Designer Craftsmen an association of craftspeople that has its 
origins in the Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th Century and I became a 
full Member in 2010.

I am also a member of the Furniture Designer Makers Association, a national and international network of fine furniture designer makers and I am an occasional contributor to  Furniture and Cabinet Making magazine.
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