Having left a successful 9 year career as an audio engineer, in London working within the advertising industry, I moved back to my hometown of Bath in the early 1990’s.
I spent a while doing a bit of odd jobbing and general labouring before teaching myself some woodworking skills.
“Lovely man, lovely work. I’ve known Mike now for 14 years and during that time he has supplied me with seven large pieces of beautiful pine furniture. I am pleased to say he has become a good friend”
Lainey Sweeney, Beckington
I started off by making simple pine spice racks and small shelf units, which I would sell on a Saturday market stall. This grew into me making larger pieces like bookcases and cupboards.
“We have bought 5 pieces of furniture from Mike, which we absolutely love. They are great quality, strong and live up to their job”
Kate Brennan, Southern Ireland
Then I discovered the world of auctions and antique fairs where I would, and still do, buy any furniture made of old antique pine – mostly kitchen based items such as dressers, cupboards and tables. These I would take back to my workshop and restore to a level that I was happy to sell at via a regular antiques market in Bath.
Our garden regularly looks like this after a buying trip:
The more I went to the auctions, and fairs, and the more old pine I bought I quickly got the nickname “Mike the Pine”. Many people now know me as this and I’m even listed on many a mobile phone by this nickname. I even use it for my Twitter account – @mikethepine
I quite like it.