Having spent 11 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Logistics Officer, I took a career break to raise our two children. During that time, I became a learning support assistant at the local school and later designed and ran a toddler singing group. The class started as a simple opportunity for local RAF parents to get together and have fun with their children, but after the local Council became interested in the programme, I moved the venue and ran the class as part of their general community outreach programme. In addition, I also learnt new skills, renovating furniture as well as designing and building new items, re-upholstering and re-caning chairs. I enjoyed a variety of volunteering opportunities becoming the Secretary or Chairman of a number of playgroup, school and local RAF support activities.
My creativity is let loose through my two passions, gardening and also whittling, which is the art of carving shapes, typically out of green wood, with small knives. I started whittling celebration spoons for friends and family a few years ago after a try-out session whilst on holiday in Wales. The spoons are whittled using wood from my garden or from a tree that has a special meaning to the recipient, and my designs are inspired by the stories of the recipient and the changes the wood reveals as I uncover its hidden secrets.