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The

FROME

HANDYMAN

Tel. 01373 467733

Mob. 07812 544542

Training and Experience.

My journey to becoming The Frome Handyman has been a long one as would be expected from the variety of experience I have. I went to a Technical High school gaining various O Levels including an A grade "O" level in Woodwork. Before University and during summer vacations I was employed as a labourer and painter for a major building company - Rush and Tompkins. After University I worked in the Woodwork section of Avon Friends of the Earth achieving the position of Workshop Foreman under the direction of former Chief Props Master at The Welsh National Opera House, Iori Jones. At F.O.E. we used reclaimed wood wherever possible to undertake many projects and I further developed my understanding of the principles of wood and the practice of furniture making. This has served me well in all areas of woodwork.

I took the opportunity during my employment at F.O.E., to attend various basic training courses in plumbing, stud wall construction, plastering, electronics, welding, wood carving and stained glass. The stained glass course was a 15 day course under the tutelage of Mark Angus who was commissioned to undertake the restoration work to the fire damaged window at York Minster.

Remarkably on the basis of that stained glass course I was able to secure a job whilst in Sydney, Australia although I suspect it was my design skills rather than my speed at making what they call “lead-lights” that got me the job. Time spent at the workbench soon taught me all the time saving techniques and reduced making time. Being part of a glazing firm I learnt about different forms of glass and fitting.

Returning to England I had a period as a self-employed builder taking on small projects with a partner. I was gradually able to specialise in furniture making, stained glass window making and ceramic tiling having been taught the latter by my brother.

Following family bereavements I moved away from building work as a source of income and trained and practiced as a psychotherapist. I have always seen my creativity as an important part of my well-being and continued with various projects alongside my psychotherapy work.

Inspired by TV programmes such as Grand Designs, I took up a part-time post graduate course in Building Surveying at UWE. After one and a half years studying, completing and passing courses in Building Construction, Building Defects, Renovation and Renewal, and Law, I realised I did not want to pursue another profession.

I moved to Frome and was fortunate to walk into a job locally as an Estimator and Assessor for Traditional Restoration Services in Frome. At TRS I learnt a lot about Stone masonry, Roofing and Traditional Building . I attended courses on Timber Treatment, Tanking and Lime and carried out practical work when necessary.

I have worked as the Frome Handyman since 2008, encountering a wide range of jobs, gaining more experience and proficiency in executing them.