In 1996 I studied Orchestral Instrument Repair at Stevenson College
foundation year I studied for two more years at Newark,
where I received my City and Guild
Diploma in Woodwind Instrument Making and Repairing, in1999.
That year I started to work for All Flutes Plus, and was taught the
finer points of the trade by
Danny Paul. This honed my skills to the highest professional level on all
types of flutes and padding systems, including the use of Straubinger and
AFP moved premises in 2001 to Warren Street.
At that time I started to work for Howarths.
I was taught the delicate art of oboe repair by Neil Clark. I learned
cork padding skills on
the most complex of instruments in the woodwind family, to the highest
I moved over to the single reed department at Howaths in 2002 in order to
take over from
Ben Dernley. He taught me the tricks saxophone and clarinet repair before he
left the company
to pursue a career in sculpture.
In1995 I returned to AFP as the workshop manager,
where I stayed for a further year before
deciding to combine all my skills and run my own workshop, and here I am!