It all started with an axe...
Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by the natural world. After studying Ecology at university, I worked as a Field Ecologist but quickly moved into practical conservation where I taught thousands of volunteers to work with an assortment of tools. I’ve always worked with my hands; it’s second nature to me.
This old Elwell hatchet was given to me by a veteran park keeper in Birmingham back when I was a Park Ranger. I remember taking it home and deciding to keep it and restore it to its former glory. Now, nearly eight years on, I make tools and use axes every day. The Elwell hatchet is a constant reminder of a pivotal time in my life when I wanted to learn new skills and expand my knowledge. Now I’d like to share my passion with you and enable you to discover a new side of yourself. Using my handmade crafted carving tools, I can help you create something beautiful, whether it’s a spoon, a bowl or whatever takes your fancy.
I was first introduced to the world of green woodworking and heritage crafts back in 2010 by Lee Southall, a talented craftsman and willow weaver. Lee’s passion and energy for the craft caught my attention and it wasn't long before I was hooked. My practical skills as a conservationist were put into good use and I found myself making spoons and kuksas in no time at all.
Over the following years I became obsessed with green woodworking (and collecting old tools) and discovered the rich history of the craft. I began making my own tools as I felt the commercial options weren’t quite suited to my style and needs. The tools I design and create come from my own experience as a green woodworker and are all used by me daily on different carving projects. If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s this: I’m in love with the process, not just the end product. I am making these tools because I want other people to enjoy using them too.
For me, this isn’t just a hobby; it’s my way to relax. Creative activities are good for your physical and mental well-being, and an hour or two spent crafting woodwork can provide the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
I truly believe that anyone can be creative and I want my tools to inspire you to discover your inventive side and to begin carving!