Growing up in Melbourne, I was infected with the lifelong woodworking virus at an early age, by a much beloved uncle. Having spent my first 20 working years in the aviation industry, followed by a further 25 years pursuing innovative computer solutions in the transportation industry; for the longest while woodworking was little more than an occasional and often guilt-ridden dabble.
Two careers, plus a fulltime nuclear family kept my passion for woodwork in the background for such a long time. But at last, with time on my hands and a good sized basement, I have “let the beast out”. Both of my former careers were fulfilling in themselves, but I believe that they also provided me with a set of skills in flexibility, adaptability and problem solving, that transfer superbly to creative woodwork.
They play into my most basic tenet of woodworking; that the best pieces of wood should always be allowed to show you the way forward… The job of the creative woodworker is to look and listen. Every resonant piece becomes a new journey; and it is often more important to discern where it can lead, rather than first getting bogged down on how to get there. Figuring out of the latter then becomes the really fun part; the chase and the unceasing thrill of the hunt.