I was born in London in 1965. During the 80’s my family relocated to the city of Milton Keynes. In the 2000’s after getting married with children I moved to Towcester, near the Silverstone Grand Prix Racetrack where I work from my studio and workshops located next to my house.
I’ve always been fascinated by the samurai warriors of japan. This interest has taken brought a wonderful journey where through the martial arts I have been able to gain a valuable insight to the warriors mindset. Since the age of eight I begun studying the budo Japanese arts of Jiu-Jitsu, Jodo, Kendo, Iai-do and Ken-Jitsu. As a young man I would train every evening and weekend. Over the years I have been able to learn from many renowned masters, some of which who have taken me under their wing as personal student, to whom I am gratefully indebted. I have won UK National and European championships in the sword arts and have been a member of the British squad for Iaido and Jiu-Jitsu. For me, I feel that the study of budo is very close to the art of restoration in terms of personal discipline and concentration. I also believe that there is honour in repairing armours that once were owned by warriors, and that it brings good kama.
I am also a avid collector of japanese arms and armour. My favourite armours are from the sengoku jidai, the age of war. I prefer the basic robust armours used through the Muromachi and Momoyama period to the arty armours of the edo period. Function over flamboyance is my choice.
Working as a restorer I have been able to handle thousands of items of armour, from the high ranking daimyo grades to the lowly ashigaru foot soldiers.
Life is good, and i’m living the dream.
A sunny afternoon in katchuland. 2017
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Towcester, Northants, UK