I began my career 42 years ago as an apprentice upholsterer with Harrods of London. Five years later I qualified as a traditional upholsterer and continued my career with Harrods for a further eight years. For the next 20 years, I ran a successful upholstery business in London working for various department stores including Harrods, John Lewis, Selfridges and Heals of Tottenham Court Road. During this time I also undertook on-site repairs and installation of modular furniture for three well-known French furniture designers , Ligne Roset, Roche Bobois and Gránge. In 2009 I relocated with my wife and daughters to North Devon where I worked for eight years for Jigsaw Furniture Project in Barnstaple until its closure in 2017.
I am now offering upholstery services from my shop, The Upholstery Workroom, at 80 South Street in South Molton, and am happy to visit you in your home to provide an obligation free quotation for any upholstery work you require from repairs to full reupholstery and recovers on both traditional and modern furniture.
I also offer daytime and evening classes in traditional upholstery, tailored to the requirements of individual students from novices through to the gifted amateur. There is also a taster class on a Saturday, where the student is given the components of a footstool and taken through, stage by stage the process of upholstering the stool and leaves at the end of the class with a footstool made by their own fair hands. This is an ideal gift for the craft person in waiting. The cost of the class is £100.00 and includes lunch.
I currently teach evening classes in traditional upholstery based at Filleigh Village Hall for a maximum of eight students per session. Student ability ranges from beginners to gifted amateurs, some of whom undertake quite challenging projects with very good results.