Born in 1963, in the historic town of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, I have been around timber my whole life. Even as a boy I spent many hours making things from wood in the carpenter's shop of my father's sawmill.
"After leaving school in 1980, I entered the family business, where I learned more about the various species of native hardwoods as they were processed though the mill. While admiring the grain of the timber, it struck me that it was a shame to see this beautiful material being cut up for such basic uses as boards and fence posts. It was from this point that the idea came into being of creating furniture that would show the natural shapes and forms of the wood to best advantage. After leaving saw milling behind to explore the possibilities of this idea, I decided to specialise in Elm which, to my eye, has the most interesting grain and colouring, particularly Wych or Scottish Elm. From 1987 to the present, I have been developing my ideas along with a portfolio of increasingly striking pieces, a selection of which can be viewed on this website"