My interest in design and making fine furniture started at the Canberra School of Art evening course “Wood Working for Women”, run by Pru Shaw. That was back in 1992, shortly after we arrived in Australia. The idea of learning to design and make my own pieces enticed me to study full time at the School of Art for a fantastic two years, under George Ingham. The valuable lessons learned there come to mind often while working at the bench. I still particularly enjoy hand work, which was an emphasis in our training.
After completing art school my life got busy with other things and wood working took a back seat. Retirement and a Windsor Chair workshop organised by Fred Buckley in 2012 got me back to doing occasional wood working, and I joined the Guild. A marquetry course given by Don Rowland started a journey into more decorative arts and projects created with a scroll saw.
Living on a 260 acre property northwest of Canberra gives me plenty of non-woodworking tasks to do, but I try to get into the workshop regularly and keep up the fun.