" ... In 1986 an offer to share a workshop with an antique restorer friend started me thinking about using some of my enthusiasm and interest in wood to real benefit. I restored musical instruments for a time - but I soon decided I wanted to actually make something.
I was fascinated by boxes, and still am. Isn't everyone? ... boxes contain things and, more importantly, HIDE things from view. Human nature being what it is one naturally wants to know what is inside a closed box - so a natural reflex is to open it, and if it's locked you really want to open it. What is it that is being so carefully protected, or hidden - what can it be that justifies this special treatment, particularly if it is an elaborate and valuable box.
I wanted to create these 'precious' and fascinating items -the 'jewellery' of the cabinet makers art - and this also suited the logistics of being in a small, shared workshop surrounded by chests of drawers, tables, chairs and partner's desks. Actually I had made my first box around the time I moved into the workshop [click here] and this was so well received that I decided to phase out the musical instrument work to concentrate on the box making. Things just took off from there and I have been making boxes ever since. " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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