I served my apprenticeship as a coachbuilder with J H Jennings, Sandbach, constructing complete vehicles, such as horse boxes, cattle trucks, mobile homes, library vans and fire engines, to name just a few. I achieved City and Guilds advanced certificate at South Cheshire College. I diversified into joinery and when self-employed, fitted everything from kitchens and bathrooms to roofs. As a mature student I completed a BSc (Hons) degree. My wide range of skills and knowledge I now apply to making few individual handmade items under the auspices of my employer, Nantwich Veneers Ltd, using materials sourced from sustainable stock.