I graduated in 1997 in 'Furniture
Restoration and Craftsmanship' obtaining a
2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours studying for 3 years at Buckinghamshire
University, High Wycombe.
Studies included furniture history, design and construction, ethical
aspects, material science and timber technology/identification along with
intensive hours 'at the bench' developed the foundations for the broad
skills and knowledge required in the profession. Practical skills included cabinet making, traditional upholstery,
polishing, metal work, gilding and specialized skills
connected with the field of conservation and restoration.
valuable foundation, and should be embraced and understood within
the profession, not as a substitute for
traditional experience but rather than a very valuable addition to
I still work with another graduate of the course on occasional large joint projects.
I have worked extensively with other established professionals to
essential experience traditionally sought from apprenticeships. Working
on a large range of items, from humble family pieces of sentimental
value to very fine pieces by some of the finest historic makers.
Working for a variety
of clients; dealers, collectors, institutions but mostly the general
public. Such broad experience develops an understanding of an
appropriate balance between conservation and restoration in whatever
context a valued item finds itself.
Restoration as a profession benefits from a broad knowledge, as well as the practical
skills. Expanding this knowledge is a continuous ongoing process, requiring research
for specific projects in order to achieve the best results.
I am also currently studying BSc(Hons) Environmental Science as a personal interest.