Neil began his woodwork career, by
training as an Industrial Arts Teacher in the early 1970 s, teaching
in NSW high schools for twenty years. He had worked in the woodwork
area, semi professionally, during this time, taking the plunge and
resigning from teaching in 1993 to full time woodworking. The focus
of his work is shared between creative woodturning- carving and
designing and making custom made furniture for private clients and
select galleries, namely, Bungendore Woodworks, near Canberra, Australian
Woodworks at Darling Harbour and the Sydney International Airport
and Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery.
Neil really enjoys the relationships that are built when designing
special pieces for clients; feeling a real sense of pride and satisfaction
making them happy with their unique piece of furniture or turned
and carved art piece. Most clients will then commission Neil to
create additional pieces. Through word of mouth, their family and
friends often request furniture to be made, which ensures future
work. He hopes that the pieces that he designs and makes will be
treasured for years to come and will become tomorrows antiques.
Teaching others to make furniture and woodturning / carving is
an important part of Neil’s business, running night classes,
weekend workshops and five-day classes in his workshop. These workshops
have become very popular with people having to book in close to
twelve months ahead to secure a position.
Neil also enjoys demonstrating his skills for woodworking clubs
and special wood conferences and feels that special skills need
to be passed on so these will not be lost to future generations.