Helen founded the LSF in 2013, to address the needs of amateur furniture makers and anyone else wanting to learn how to make their own furniture without having to commit to a long course at a college or university.
36 years in the industry has seen her work in construction, furniture making, guitar making and forestry. If you ask her nicely, she’ll reel off a list of qualifications as long as your arm, but all you really need to know is that she is first and foremost a woodworker followed by tool collector hoarder, tinkerer, life-long learner and avid reader of anything to do with making stuff. Oh, and I guess this is what you want to know, she’s taught hundreds of adults over the last 26 years how to make furniture and enjoy a valuable skill.
In a former life, Sam was a professional photographer but retrained as a furniture maker some 25 years ago. When he’s not teaching for us, he is busy running his two furniture making businesses and snacking on biscuits.
Mark works as a carpenter and has been doing things with wood since leaving school a long time ago. Owner of far too many tools than is good for him he’s an even bigger hoarder than Helen.
Mark comes in to volunteer his time and help out our lovely students. He tinkers with the saws and chisels to make sure they’re kept in good condition. A mine of useful information about a diverse range of topics, there’s not much he doesn’t know about maintaining and using woodworking tools.
We have no interest in helping massive organisations to sell you stuff you do not want.