A career in the making...

Hello strangers, its great to be back in front of the screen writing again and I have some exciting news to share with you.


Since my last post I have said farewell to gainful employment and started a full time furniture making course with the exceptionally talented John Lloyd in East Sussex. Eight weeks in and going strong, I have swapped my city desk for vice and bench - ahh the title of this blog kind of makes sense now. I now spend the majority of my days on my feet, using my hands and learning to be precise and aware, it's a stark departure from the days of meetings, spreadsheets and early flights. I expect to be working on my first commissions in spring next year and have started to put ideas on paper, I will share the process of design and the making with you over the coming months. 

I started off planning to become a craftsman several years ago, dreams and plans have now become reality, it is fantastic to have left the rat race and start down the path of a new career. The creation of Petrel Furniture Ltd. is a major milestone in this journey, Petrel will be a business dedicated to the craftsman maker, it will herald design and traditional craft skills, initially we will focus on furniture and expand to cover other craft disciplines as the business grows. 

Over the coming posts I will share the process of learning focusing on design decisions, hand skills and techniques. I will also continue to seek out influential makers both past and present and give my views on material use, environment and design. I hope you enjoy seeing the business take shape. 


The new seat of learning, a barn in beautiful East Sussex.


Welcome aboard it's going to be a great trip. 

A new direction...



The time has come... The mind is set... The planning is underway... Ideas are forming... It's time for action.

Like so many of us I have often dreamt of that job, the one that allows you to be free, excel at a discipline, learn a skill and become exceptional...the kind that bleeds effortlessly into your whole world and shapes your character and way of life...the one that feels so right that you wonder how you missed it for so long. 

I have decided to establish a craft business, a partnership which designs, produces and markets fine British crafts. A small business that has design, function and master craft at its heart. Later this year I will start a one year cabinet making course that will focus on the design and the skills and discipline required to make exceptional furniture. I will close the door on my current career and embark on a new journey, I direction that I believe will equip me with the necessary technical and aesthetic qualities to build a business. Along the way I hope to meet makers across disciplines and form a partnership, a business we own and share in its success.  I will track this journey in workingbench, the warts and all, the business planning, the resignation, the ideas and the impact, I welcome your thoughts, direction and comments. 

I long to be exceptional...produce something real...be humble in my learning...generous in my teaching...and please customers with original exceptional craft. 

I hope you will join me, its going to be a blast.