I have done lots of things in my life. I started out selling soft drinks door to door, led walking tours across Iceland, worked as a breadcatcher in a bakery in Nashville Tennessee. I eventually became a teacher back in the UK and spent most of my time in education, as a teacher, school principal, then an education and children's services director in a great place called Tameside. I started out in marquetry when I was around ten. My uncle taught me. In those days I worked from scratch - literally, as the blade I used was a piece of an old razor blade and my fingers were constantly cut to ribbons! I have learnt a lot over the years, the main thing being that you can always improve and that it is a good thing that you learn from your mistakes, as you will make plenty of them.
I am really lucky now to be able to spend my days travelling or working in the shack, producing marquetry pictures and other commissions and attempting to finish my novel!