From an early age I enjoyed making things, and with most of my family working in the timber industry, it felt natural for me to work with wood.

After studying Art & Design at University, I worked as a joiner for a couple of years. Following that, I served a three and a half year apprenticeship with Richard Collinson, an ecclesiastical cabinetmaker with over thirty-five years of experience.

In February 2000, Richard retired from cabinet making, and I started up my own business. Working out of a disused grain store on my father's yard, I soon built up a solid customer base, mainly through word of mouth and displaying my work at agricultural shows.

Since setting up my business, I have rarely had less than a six month waiting list for orders. I guess the furniture must speak for itself as over 90% of my customers come back again.

With each commission I gain more experience and develop my skills, which all helps to make this job an extremely rewarding occupation.

  • 2007 Fred Somerscales
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