Training and Experience.
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
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.
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.
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.
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