|At sixteen years old, I started as an apprentice furniture restorer with Edward Nowell Antiques, a prominent west of England fine antique dealer. I was able to learn the finest restoration techniques used on English antique furniture of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1976 with these acquired skills I was accepted to study antique furniture restoration and conservation with the much revered British Antique Dealers Association. This was an intense practical and academic one year residential course at a fine 17th century mansion near Chichester, in the heart of Sussex, England.
Following that year of formal college training I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work on the cream of fine English 17th century furniture at John Keil Ltd. Knightsbridge, London, one of London's most prominent and prestigious antique furniture dealers. After several years of self employment in Bath, England specializing in restoration to 18th century clock cases I moved to Chicago and was employed as a specialist finisher by Caledonian Inc., a long established fine antique English furniture retail and restoration business in the north suburbs.
Moving to Los Angeles, California in 1984, I started employment with Antique Services. Drawing from my years of practical experience in furniture restoration, I was able to take on the responsibility of estimating and customer relations. Over the following six years I learned the many facets of the business from Vernon and Joan Glasspool the original English owners that started Antique Services back in 1975. In 1990 I took over Antique Services Inc. and have successfully run the business since.