Born and raised in the south London suburbs, I’ve always had a fascination with the pioneers of the Old West and those types of people that could fix anything with string and duct tape.
A boy Scout and grandson of a farmer, I loved poking through my dad’s garage and playing at being an inventor- what I lacked in skill I made up for with a determination to make as much noise and mess as I could!
But instead of striking gold in Alaska or roping cattle in Argentina, I somehow ended up as a content manager for the world’s biggest daily deal website in the urban jungle of central London.
I learned a lot about writing, but I wasn’t getting my hands dirty and I wasn’t happy being chained to a desk in an air-conditioned office.
I was spending my spare time fixing my car and keeping our house from falling down anyway, so I thought I may as well get paid for doing it. A lifelong love of DIY and tinkering paid off.
Fast forward a year and I was working with a crew of builders and craftspeople putting together wild projects across London and the South East.
Getting my hands dirty with timber framing, metal work, welding and earth moving, the job fuelled my passion for creativity and a borderline-unhealthy obsession with tools. I learned all about the building trade over the years and the importance of having the right tool for the job on hand.
A move to the beautiful wilds of Devon brought my partner and me closer to nature and a new-found love for gardening developed into another outlet for our energies- in the form of growing tons of fruit and veg.
The birth of our daughter Dahlia in 2019 made me determined to show her a world where doing things for yourself is practical, fun and a good way to learn new skills.
Now I’m putting my experience to good use and giving practical, honest and site-tested advice.