Qualifications

  I graduated in 1997 in 'Furniture Restoration and Craftsmanship' obtaining a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours studying for 3 years at  Buckinghamshire University,  High Wycombe. 

Studies included furniture history, design and construction, ethical aspects, material science and timber technology/identification along with intensive hours 'at the bench' developed the foundations for the broad skills and knowledge required in the profession.  Practical skills included cabinet making, traditional upholstery and polishing,  metal work, gilding and specialized skills connected with the field of conservation and restoration.

It was a valuable foundation, and sadly the more academic side of the subject does not seem to be embraced/understood elsewhere within the profession, where it can be misunderstood as a substitute for traditional experience learning rather than a very valuable addition to it.

I still work with another graduate of the course on occasional large joint projects.

Accreditation:    If you have wondered where my BAFRA logo has gone?:  I am not currently continuing my membership, I am uncertain of it's benefits to me or my customers. Once considered the 'holy grail' by students, few customers appreciate the organisation and consider my good reputation and qualification a superior motivation. 
I was
a full accredited member of BAFRA (The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association). Choosing a BAFRA member for your restoration requirements in principle is a good idea although may not mean a fully accredited or qualified person works on your items, whereas I continue to work to the same high standards and 95%+  of the time I am the one working on your item.

There are excellent conservator restorers inside and outside organisations. There are also many 'restorers' (individuals and companies) who you should be very wary of giving anything of value to!.    More than half of my work is correcting others poor repairs.



Experience:   I have worked extensively with other established professionals to gain the essential experience traditionally sought from apprenticeships. Along with work on a large range of items, not only furniture, for a variety of clients; dealers, collectors, institutions and the general public. Principally such broad but detailed experience develops an understanding of an appropriate balance between conservation and restoration in whatever context a valued item finds itself. 

Further studies: Antique furniture restoration as a profession benefits from a broad knowledge, as well as the practical skills. Expanding this knowledge is a continuous ongoing process, often requiring research for specific project in order to achieve the best results. 

A substantial library of reference books aids such research, a list of recommended publications will be added to this website in the near future.

I am also currently studying BSc(Hons) Environmental Science  as a personal interest.