I graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Environmental Management, and spent four years working in an office before deciding to retrain and pursue my love of furniture making.
In 2009 I began studies at The Rycotewood Furniture Centre, where I gained distinctions for my work at City and Guilds Levels 2 and 3. While retraining, I also volunteered at Oxford Wood Recycling making furniture from reclaimed wood, created an eco-building in London, and undertook conservation projects with BTCV.
After qualifying as a furniture designer and maker I worked with Touchwood Enterprises here in Bristol, spending two years as their lead carpenter before leaving to realise my dream of establishing my own furniture making company in 2013. Now I’m a member and director of the Forest of Avon Products Co-operative, and my workshop is located at the Bower Ashton Woodyard.
At Rooted Furniture I create individual, bespoke pieces of free standing and fitted furniture. I draw inspiration from the beauty of wood and the natural world, and combine this with my knowledge and experience in the craft of woodwork to understand and realise a variety of different projects. I work closely with my clients to ensure that my design reflects their requirements and can work within budget requirements.
And sustainability remains at the heart of my work. I use only wood that comes from sustainably managed sources, and from the local area wherever possible. I also enjoy working with reclaimed wood and being able to give new life to the material.