Things men have made with wakened hands, and put soft life into
are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing
for long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely
warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.
Things Men Have Made, by DH Lawrence (1929)
Member of Hackspace London – A non-profit hackerspace in London: a community-run workshop where people come to share tools and knowledge.
Project management, design and construction of eight timber and mud buildings
Hook Cottage, Sussex:
A tudor period oak-framed manor-house, in grounds, with a dense history of add-ons and renovations. From ongoing replacement of decayed and infested timber, using period-sensitive organic materials, to plumbing rebuilds, earthwork, brickwork, and leaded glass.
Carl’s House, Sheffield:
Loft extension and redesign, to incorporate period issues, and reveal existing structural features. Made all-the-more interesting by the bombed history of the area, and World War II structural lapse. Sooty!
Dickie and Ali’s House:
Six storey Victorian North London Town House. Subsidence, damp, plumbing, exterior repair/restorations.
Markus and Lorraine’s:
Angles, spaces, levels. Again, a bomb-affected victorian merchant’s house. Built-in crafted cabinets designed and fitted into odd-shaped spaces.
Maesglas, Ysbyty Ystwyth:
Derelict Mountain Cottage in West Wales. Period-sensitive restoration from Derelict. Undertaken without outside contractors, using 100% recycled materials and knowledge. This gallery also shows my rebuilding the Ideal CookandHeat 1929 range, found in a scrapyard in bits.
Conservation, Footpath and Carpentry for Countryside Council for Wales on various Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Ongoing hands-on vintage car owner. Restored 1978 and 1969 Mini Vans
Marine Diesel Installation
Re-powered S/V Sandpiper of Ynys Las with Vintage Yanmar 3hm35 marine diesel engine.