Chris served his apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery over 30 years ago working for a local builder and attending St Albans Building College to achieve his advanced City and Guilds. Having completed his apprenticeship Chris gained several years experience working on larger construction projects, with a particular interest in cut and pitched roofs. He continued to attend building college on a part time basis extending his construction knowledge. Moving on from this Chris set up his own small building business which involved working for domestic customers in addition to carrying out commercial work.
About 15 years ago Chris set up his workshop for wood work which enabled him to undertake more joinery work involving the making of staircases, doors, windows, fitted wardrobes etc, supplementing and extending the scope of his building work.
About 9 years ago Chris found himself leaning against a wood turning lathe in a friends workshop, not being too familiar with the workings of the lathe he asked if he could have a go, to which John, his friend duly obliged, sparking something of a passion for Chris. From this Chris joined the Herts and Beds Woodturning Club where he met professional production turner Gary Rance from whom Chris received lessons for a few years. This has enabled Chris to extend his woodworking repertoire to include turned work.
Chris has particularly enjoyed projects such as the making and installing of staircases that have involved bespoke hand turned spindles and newels, bringing together all of Chris’s wood working skills.
Chris’s passion for wood work continues, and he is currently taking lessons in wood carving.