John has been interested in working with wood from the age of five. Having a great uncle who had been in the trade for 60+ years was a great inspiration and very useful for off cuts of wood, nails and screws etc from which he made many things. He opted to take woodwork at secondary school and also attended evening classes. He gained a CSE grade 1 in woodwork followed by an apprenticeship as a bench joiner with Wilkinson & Houghton, an old established company in Grimsby with a very good reputation for quality work. During his 5 year apprenticeship with them he attended college obtaining his Advanced City & Guilds certificates in both Carpentry & Joinery and Machine Woodworking, culminating in being awarded the Apprentice of the Year Cup in 1977. He worked on many prestigious contracts including stately homes and listed buildings.
Leaving there he worked on sites to gain experience in 1st & 2nd fix joinery and roofing.
Since 1988 he has been self employed working on all aspects of the trade, mainly carrying out listed building restoration , ecclesiastical work and fitted kitchens.
He now feels it is time to pass his extensive knowledge on to like minded people who would like to learn woodworking skills.
He holds a teaching certificate and has taught students to N V Q level 3 so these courses will either give you an insight to the trade before attending college or teach you the skills required for D I Y home repairs and renovations.