As an adjunct to making furniture, I began making woodworking tools, including marking-out tools, mallets, chisels, saws and planes. Without any metalworking background, over the years I have acquired some skills and have developed my own techniques. I have also fettled and restored commercially manufactured tools. I have won prizes at the Guild’s Exhibition and in three tool making competitions run by the Australian Wood Review.
Not long after moving to Canberra in 1986, I joined the Guild, and have been a member ever since. I am a founding attendee of the Furniture Special Interest Group. I was appointed Shed Boss shortly after the Shed was opened in late 2002. This entails ensuring that the Shed runs smoothly and safely. I have to keep track of tools and equipment and am on hand on Tuesdays and Thursdays to assist members with advice and use of machinery.
I have run workshops covering basic woodworking, making shooting boards and fettling or tuning planes. I have had articles published in the Australian Woodworker and Australian wood Review.