Originally from Bristol UK, my first paying job at 16 was as a labourer for a brick layer. This was one of several jobs including various stints as a forklift driver, snow ski instructor and bar tender.
After moving to New Zealand in 1996 and trying to find employment in Queenstown as a ski instructor but failing because of the worst snowfall in 20years, I got a job labouring again, this time for a stonemason. After 9 months of that I returned to Northland where my family was and started a building apprenticeship. I’ve had many years of building experience working with other building companies and recently, partnered with Matthew Hanna to start Adroit.
My interests include: fishing, hunting, diving, rock climbing and of course, skiing. My wife Toni and I have 3 children, so not much time for skiing these days.
Growing up on a large sheep farm bordering the Kaipara Harbour in Northland was where I picked up my carpentry skills. I remember my Dad telling stories of finding me in his workshop using the band saw and other powerful machinery at a very young age, when no one was looking. I still have all my digits!
My building skills were honed by my father when he taught me how to make model boats, including a replica of KZ7. I also helped out with kitchens and timber jobs that my father had on at the time and eventually began my building apprenticeship under him. I developed a wide skill set, with a focus on furniture and shop fitting. We subsequently gained a contract with Burger King supplying and installing the counters, seat bases and doors for 42 restaurants.
After 10 years with my father, I decided to do my O.E. to the U.K. and spent 3 years working and traveling. Upon returning home I worked for myself for a while before working with another builder and meeting Oscar. We worked on a number of jobs together, and after a year or so we decided to start Adroit Builders.
I’ve always liked working with wood, and have always looked for unique ways to enhance the style of my work. I’ve pushed myself to find better levels of finish, always focused on the pleasure of the end result, whether building a house or a highly polished solid wood wine rack.