Ever since I was a child I have always enjoyed working with wood: by the age of 11, I had set up my own “falegnameria” in a broom closet. However it wasn’t until much later, in my mid-thirties, after a career in youth work and outdoor education, that from Italy took me to the US and finally to Britain, that I decided to take woodwork seriously.
After completing my City and Guilds training at Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa, I went to work as a cabinet maker for Robin Furlong, making bespoke fine furniture. Among the pieces I made for Robin, is the Gullwing Cabinet that was awarded the prestigious Guild Mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
From 2001 to 2008 I was responsible for the Furniture Crafts courses at Warwickshire College.
In 2009 I achieved my BA (Hons) in Furniture Design at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, and started my own business.
I am now based at Studio Sixteen in Warwick, a space I share with other craftspeople and artists.
I am a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen an association of craftspeople that has its origins in the Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th Century and of the Furniture Designer Makers Association, an international network of fine furniture designer makers and I am an occasional contributor to Furniture and Cabinet Making magazine.
I haven’t completely abandoned the world of education: I now teach part-time on the Foundation Degree in Furniture Design and Make at Rycowood Furniture Centre in Oxford.