In late 1970s I finished my
training as an engineer and went to work for an
international communications giant for the overseas engineering staff.
Every few years I moved… usually from one island to another
working on satellite earth stations and other radio and fibre
After 28 years of hopping from country to county it became
redundant and I started working for myself in many roles; property
development, hotel management and even a few weeks as a PA for a
company director... (but we don’t talk about that!).
Following a heart bypass in 2011 I decided to retire and
concentrate on my first loves; woodworking and
astrophotography, both of which take up more time than is
possible to find during a 24 hour day!
I love woodworking tools, old and new, and I love restoring old,
broken and neglected tools. After a session with me they come to
At the same time I acquired a partner… ALFIE… who
was a rescue dog found as a puppy having been thrown from a
Of all the decisions in my life taking on ALFIE as a workshop
buddy was probably up there with the best of them (when he’s not
wanting to know what’s going on next, that is!!)
Most of my projects appear here and on my blog
to comment… we like to chat with anyone with like interests in
vintage tools and astronomy.