Born in Pontypridd, South Wales I grew up in a small rural village called Treoes just outside of Bridgend. Most of my childhood was spent exploring the local countryside, building dens, fishing, making fires and all the other fun things you get up to when you can’t just pop to the cinema of go for a McDonalds! I then moved to Bristol to study Environmental Science and put playing in nature to one side for a while.
About 2 years ago I discovered green-woodworking, bought myself a few tools and taught myself to make spoons. I then went on to doing a short course at Boiling Wells which is where I heard about Tim Gatfield and the Cherrywood Project. After visiting with my friend Celi on one of the voluntary Thursdays it opened my eyes to the possibilities of living a low impact lifestyle whilst combining woodland management and passing on craft skills, which as a society we are loosing all too quickly.
I would now like to learn and develop my own personal knowledge and skills in order to reconnect others with materials, where they come from and the craftsmanship involved in turning them into useable items. I’m also interested in the history of the use of the countryside and using this as an guide to promote the conservation of land and habitat whilst still being economically viable.
I’m currently in the transition of moving from the city and into the woods thanks to Tim who has given me the great opportunity to be one of the apprentices at the Cherrywood project. As part of this I will be learning the ins and outs of woodland management and low impact living/building alongside teaching courses in traditional crafts including chair-making!
If you have any questions about what I do or how to get into this sort of thing for yourself feel free to send me an email or give me a call : )