I began working with wood in my early teens in my father’s workshop at our family home. Wood turning was a later development as I initially started out in wood carving, specializing in the Polynesian style of carving. Moving onto turning and combining the two was a natural progression for me and this continued into my early 20’s
At this point I ventured overseas and travel extensively for a period of ten years or so, working within the mining industry in both construction and maintenance. Although much of it was spent in South East Asia it also encompassed North America, Africa and Papua New Guinea. Many of these areas are rich in local crafts and I took every opportunity to observe the various styles of carving and woodturning where ever I went, also collecting small examples along the way.
I married my engineering background to wood turning; designing and building my own lathes and turning tools. Also bringing together the various elements, styles of turning and carving I had observed on my travels.
I prefer to work with native Australian timbers specialising in desert hardwoods. The hardwoods turn and carve well, leaving a fine lustrous finish, many of these hardwoods whilst common in the desert areas, not so in the turned art world. Each piece has its own unique colour and character. No two will ever be the same they are unique pieces from Australia.
I have had the good fortune to be recognised by my peers both here in Australia and on the internet with various awards.