Art & Craft Designer Maker
Go back to 1979 I was fresh out of school and knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I would pursue a career as a mechanic, working with my hands and fixing cars. This I did and I started on a Youth Training Scheme at Johnson's Garage, Hedon in 1980, finally getting an apprenticeship in 1981.
As a young man I loved to work with cars and excelled in my work for many years. Later in life I came to realise that not only was I frustrated with the job, but that it was not fulfilling my desire to be creative and not feeding my sole. In short, it was time for a total change in direction.
After 16 years in the same job, I finally plucked up the courage to make a move. When the opportunity for voluntary redundancy came my way, I snatched it with both hands and said goodbye to the garage for the very last time.
That was back in 1996 and I haven't look back since. I have been able to establish myself in the kind of job everyone dreams of. Doing the thing you love and being able to do it without commuting through rushour traffic on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, it has its pitfalls and I get stressed sometimes just like everyone else, but at the end of the day I am my own boss and I can make all my own decisions.
I love being creative and being in my workshop gives me as much pleasure now as it did 20 years ago. I still get a buzz out of making something which someone will treasure and love for years. I've always been artistic and creative, but never had the opportunity to channel it and now I have the perfect mix of a job, which is not only food for the sole, but also brings food to the table.