Carpentry and Joinery Student finds a passion for making unique wooden jewellery

In Adults, Apprenticeships, In the Press, News, School Leavers, University Level, on the 14th, October 2014

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Carpentry Student Chris Woodward

Mature student Chris Woodward wanted to show his affection for his mum so carved his first ever wooden ring complete with matching box.

And his skill, which he is learning at Darlington College, has promoted him to design bespoke wooden bracelets, necklaces and hair decorations.

Chris, who is 39, just enrolled as a second year learner on a Level2 Carpentry & Joinery course at Darlington College after being made redundant.

He says the course has had a huge impact on his life and he would love to go on and even start a business selling his designer products.

“I am basically using off cuts of wood from the workshop floor and I spent my evening at home putting the designs together,” he said.

“It’s tough because I don’t have the equipment at home and wood is expensive but it gives me great pleasure,” he added.

Chris, who hails from Bristol, was stuck for a birthday gift when he decided to try his hand at making jewellery.

“I thought it would be nice to make a ring and I was thrilled with the way it worked out, and have even crafted some unusual designs from wooden pencils,” he said.

His said the support shown to him from joinery experts Ben Marsh and Rob Addison at college had been immeasurable.

“The college has given me such a start and I could not have done last year without the support of Rob and Ben, and it shows you it is never too late to find a skill at your local college,” he added.

Now Chris is appealing for help to get his dream of running a business off the ground, and wants anyone with tools or equipment they no longer need top get in touch.

“I have been out of work so it’s difficult to get money together to buy wood and equipment but if anyone has some told tools they no longer need, I can assure you they will be well used and well-looked after,” he said.

Chris hopes to sell some of his jewellery at craft fairs locally.

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