I qualified in Furniture Restoration and Craftsmanship obtaining a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours studying for 3 years at  Buckinghamshire University,  High Wycombe. 

The studying of 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 being of great importance, cabinet making, traditional upholstery and polishing,  metal work, gilding and specialized skills connected with the field of conservation and restoration.

The course produced very good results at that time, even though I can criticise aspects now, it was a very valuable foundation, and sadly the more academic side of the subject does not seem to be embraced/understood enough by some trying to maintain standards elsewhere within the profession.  

Accreditation:    I am one of few full accredited member of BAFRA. The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association is the foremost national organisation of craftsmen engaged in furniture conservation and restoration. BAFRA is one of few professional associations which accredit their members, full members having undergone assessments to ensure highest levels of skill, knowledge and business credentials.  

Experience:   I have worked extensively with other professional and established restorers to gain the essential experience traditionally sought from apprenticeships. Along with work on a large range of items, not only furniture, for a variety of clients; dealers, collectors, institutions and the general public. Principally such broad but detailed experience develops an understanding of an appropriate balance between conservation and restoration in whatever context a valued item finds itself. 

Dealing: Dealing in antique furniture for a number of years has naturally enabled an increased understanding of the trade and the wider world of antiques beyond just restoration, as well as enabling educational projects on a variety of periods of furniture.

Further studies: Antique furniture restoration as a profession benefits from a broad knowledge, as well as the practical skills. Expanding this knowledge is a continuous ongoing process, often requiring research for specific project in order to achieve the best results.  Studies and training is also followed through attending relevant professional development opportunities. Membership of BAFRA also requires commitment to a continuing professional development programme.

A substantial library of reference books aids such research, a list of recommended publications will be added to this website in the near future.

I am also currently studying BSc(Hons) Environmental Science