When I was 16 years old in 1999, I started a modern Apprenticeship at Carlisle Cathedral which involved going to York Technical College to gain my NVQ qualifications. I mainly worked on the Cathedral and its precinct buildings. In my second year the Cathedral workshop became a limited company and I had the opportunity to work on various commercial projects as well.
In 2003, when funding was depleted at Carlisle, I moved on to the full time role of Foreman Mason at Gloucester Cathedral, responsible for a team of masons and apprentices tackling all the restoration and conservation work Gloucester Cathedral had to offer for 5 years.
In 2008, I became head Banker Mason at the internationally famous York Minster. As well as a huge responsibility for high quality craftsmanship here, I also became a tutor, mentoring CWF Foundation Degree Course students.
In 2013 through to 2016, I moved to Ottawa, Canada to lead a team of Stonemasons at Smith & Barber Sculptor Atelier Inc. It was here that I had the privilege to work on the beautiful West Block rehabilitation project at Parliament Hill, and more notably I carved the Altar Stones for the Memorial Chamber (pictured left).
My training and skills are predominantly based around traditional methods and using hand tools. This lends itself well to sympathetic conservation and restoration work and the training of apprentice stonemasons. I am however also fully trained in more modern methods and machinery and able to use these skills when necessary in my projects.
I am capable of working to the highest possible standards of craftsmanship and safety.