For 20 years
plus Ive had the pleasure of working in the carpentry, joinery
and building industry, originally starting up a business during
the last recession with a grant won from the Princes Youth
began working for myself around 1990 during the previous recession,
after being made redundant during the third year of my Carpentry
and Joinery apprenticeship. I started up due to a huge helping hand
from The Prince's Trust
whom awarded me a modest grant in order to purchase a few power
tools, but most importantly, I was provided with a business adviser.
He kindly steered me on to a path which included how to find work,
market myself, present a quotation & provided utterly essential
emotional support. The Prince's Trust really has helped me in an
enormous way, as it does to some many others.
14 years was
spent specialising in bespoke fitted furniture, from alcove units,
shelving, small libraries, wardrobes, cupboards and kitchens, working
in Victorian houses to little cottages. Bespoke, one off joinery.
Repairing antique furniture, using traditional carving chisels where
Time has been
spent subcontracting to a rot eradication company replacing joists,
flooring, tall ornamental skirting, bottom of staircases and dealing
with damp problems. Working on a barn conversion, major alteration
and modernisation of properties large and small.
Heat and sound
insulating properties whether it is insulating flooring, walls,
ceilings, lofts or draught proofing exterior doors.
box sash windows then draught proofing them.
space of time, I lived abroad, spending time in Tenerife where I
built a few Canarian style porches as well as gaining a greater
insight into gathering knowledge on carrying out work from a completely
different perspective, then at the end of a working day; resting
on a sandy beach.