I was brought up on a farm and from an early age I enjoyed
using practical skills, playing with animals, particularly
dogs. I began fiddling with wood from the age of nine
or ten, when I out grew my Lego and had no more old clocks
or old radios to take apart, or try to get working. I was
on the way to building bigger things.
Dad had a workshop suitable for mechanics, but with little
wood or woodworking tools. Nevertheless, I utilised what
there was, practicing projects found in library books, with
wood from furniture bought from local sales for next to nothing.
My parents occasionally gave me tools as prizes for doing
well in important exams at school. I kept the study
going throughout college and found myself making furniture
for a living.
I am one of the privileged few who have found their talent
at an early age, and developed it. Having read a section
in a management book, an employer should find the talent
of their employees and encourage them to their full potential,
creating a happy workforce, loving to do what they do best.
If you are a parent, and your child loves taking old things
apart then rebuilding them (not your family heirlooms!),
please encourage them. Buy them more, it needn’t
be expensive, just look on eBay. If you are a teacher or
employer, it’s part of your job to find an individual’s
talent. It’s so easy to teach people who want
to learn, it’s just a question of finding where their
The people that are the best in their field love their work,
because it is not work. There is nothing like doing
what you love doing, because it’s not a job, it’s
your life. It’s easy. Once you have found your
talent, all you have to do is find a way of it making money
(which isn’t always as simple).
So from my parents nurturing and encouraging their acorn,
helping him grow, I now have a living making oak four poster
beds and country furniture, doing what I love to do.