It all started many years ago when I was 7 or 8 years old. My Dad had an accident while walking to work. He used to walk down this narrow road and one day a van squeezed past another car and struck my dad's arm. After he got better, the doctors recommended taking up a sport to aid his recovery. Through talking to his friends for support, one of his good mates mentioned archery and so our archery journey began. My Dad really fell for the sport, so much so he set an archery club up in Cleckheaton called Whitcliffe Mount Archery. It was here I was introduced to a beginner’s recurve bow, which I loved and shot for many years, right up to being 21years old. It was around then I shot for the Yorkshire County team a few times and realised I wasn't really progressing any further with my Recurve and decided to have some fun with a longbow.
Through word of mouth on the ‘Archers grape vine’, orders started coming in not long after that first sale. I began to make bows on the side of my main full-time job, it became an absolute passion of mine and I did this for about 10 to 15 years until the recession hit our country. I knew I was going to be laid off and in the back of my mind I knew what I had to do, I quickly made plans to make longbows full-time. I sent a bow down to Archers Review, I needed to get some exposure and fast. I received a brilliant write up and review on their web site, that coupled with some hard work and extra advertising gave me the opportunity to go full time as a Bowyer and I’ve never looked back since.