I am a maker. I make with my hands, using hand tools, power tools, and some machine tools. I make odd things that other people don’t seem to make, either due to specialism, or because it is not economically viable.
Much of my ability stems from having a diverse background of skills and experience that I have brought together to solve design and construction problems. I believe that being Autistic spectrum has allowed me to see the world around me differently so I can see solutions quickly and can find ways to achieve them using the limited tools and equipment that is available at the time.
Most of my childhood was spent constructing my own toys and playing with cast off car, and mechanical parts, learning how they were constructed and how they worked. This continued into adulthood where I’d make or repair before replacing.
I have two small workshop spaces, with MMA, MIG, and TIG welding facilities, and can work with a range of projects types. My work is mostly in wood, metal, fabrics and reused scrap. I try to work economically reducing the resources required for a project, and sourcing locally where possible.
The main areas of my work are with community groups, arts projects, museums and CICs, preferring to work with, and support, the community then solely for commercial gain.
Currently I am concentrating on developing miniatures projects, including Harriet Board, a 1:12 scale miniature maker in her own workshop on Twitter, and now Daisy Bell also a 1:12 scale character who will be blogging about her life and researching the history the town where she lives. To that end I am also writing their combined back stories, their own histories, and how they eventually meet.
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