The challenges of carving out my career in wood
I'm Will and I'm a trained craft carpenter working in the Derwent Valley.
Wherever possible I use reclaimed and local wood - I've even been known to recycle Christmas trees into useful things! In the early days of my business I approached a local fencing company for their unwanted timber. I made a few things from the wood and started to get interest from friends and locals. My business grew from there and I now work in a custom workshop producing a range of off-the-shelf and bespoke items.
I spent my childhood watching my father creating all sorts of items around our home. He was a welder, trained at Consett Iron Company, and could create in almost any material he was given. From school through to University I gravitated towards manufacture, studying Design and Technology at the University of Sunderland.
After leaving University I spent four years in industrial style workshops creating and testing lots of different products, implementing policy and improving on existing production methods.
I'd always found the more formal, office-based work challenging and in 2015, after 10 years of seeking support, I was diagnosed with autism. Rather than looking at the negative side of being on the autistic spectum I looked to the positive and decided to focus on what was my true passion: wood craft and carpentry. It's the perfect outlet for my love of a challenge, my logical approach and eye for detail.
Working from a spare room in my house I took on small commissions and slowly built up my portfolio and expanded my tools and equipment. I am now working from a custom workshop in Chopwell Community Centre which means I've been able to take on a wider range of projects.
To support the 3Rs (Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse) I try to source timber that would either be scrapped or burnt and I reinvigorate these old materials into something new. I've made chopping boards from old kitchen worktops and doors, and I've upcycled unloved tables into
something to be cherished.
07504 259 860
The Shed, Chopwell Community Centre, Derwent Street, Chopwell,