I set up my own workshop in 1997. I am continually upgrading the workshop and developing work and teaching programmes.
Describe a typical day?
7.30 Set up workshop for days work. Prepare wood for or finish work for an order or exhibition. Prepare workshop for a class one-to-one or group. Update my website with recent press and new dates for classes. Make and return calls/emails to buyers, suppliers and potential students. Keep my machines in good working order.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
Planning ahead class dates at home and overseas, completion dates for orders.
Preparation workshop for classes, raw materials for orders, check stock of packaging, VAT returns etc
Maintain machines and keep a healthy working environment in the workshop
Customer service to all my clients, buyers and students
Excellence and consistent standards in production of work and teaching.
What are the main challenges?
Currently, the economic climate and planning to get through it.
Working from home, in the yard beside my home in the country.
Being recognised for my skill by my peers in particular
What's not so cool?
Doing my VAT returns!
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
High standards in work.
Very good customer service.