I live in a rainy foresty area of Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand. I work here alongside Ruth Baird in a studio workshop we built ourselves behind our house. I trained first as a designer in the late 60s, those days when jewellery artist training did not exist in (pop. 3.4m). Then I began the journey of auto-training. This means I wanted to make everything myself so I found out how. I usually think y'know laterally and research a similar function in an unrelated area and apply it with a twist. My studio workshop shows this - it's hard to keep it looking tidy. I first picked up contemporary jewellery tricks from my wife Ruth in 1979, then from Warwick Freeman in the early 1980s.