A little bit about me. I graduated Master of Arts from Edinburgh University in 1986 and began working with wood soon afterwards. In 1993 I set up my own workshop and for 3 years was Craftsman in Residence at Ballindalloch Castle, Banffshire. From 1996 until 2002 I had my own workshop in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. Around that time I wanted to be involved in joinery projects but found I needed paperwork to be on site. With my portfolio of work, college course paperwork completed and skills test passed I qualified at SVQ III Carpentry and Joinery. So I had “my ticket”. In 2003 I moved to Selkirk in the Scottish Borders where I have my current workshop.
I have had work shown in exhibitions at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Royal Scottish Academy; Visual Arts Scotland and Society of Scottish Artists and have won awards from The Gordon Forum for the Arts and The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.
Over the years I have been a member of Visual Arts Scotland, Applied Arts Scotland and Grounds for Learning and The Scottish Artists Union.
I was interviewed for the Edinburgh University “Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland” project. The interview and a bit about me is on the project website. The site has interesting articles on craft objects and makers in Scotland from 1780 to 1915. It also has other contemporary artisans and craft workers from the present day. The whole project is well worth a read.