Ok, so 8 years of legal education later – 6 years part-time to do a law degree (LLB (Hons)) and a further 2 years to do the BVC (Bar Vocational Course). Graduated with decent grades, but can’t get a pupillage (a trainee barrister’s job), so it seemed only natural to make the seamless move to painting and refurbishing furniture!
I’d still like to be a barrister, but in the meantime I need to earn a living and just as importantly, I need something to focus on that doesn’t involve endless job application forms.
I spent 19 years running a business (made and sold cosmetics) prior to my latest venture, so have some experience of making and selling under my belt. Nevertheless the furniture is proving to be a steep learning curve, and I’m enjoying the new challenges before me. My love of wood is inherited from my dad, who used to make, refurbish and sell furniture back in the 90’s. He’s now in his late 70’s, but gets dragged out of retirement on a regular basis to help out and advise.
The brains behind the business is my lovely horse ‘Jasper’. He has been with me since he was 6 months old and knee high to a grasshopper. He is part Clydesdale and now a big strapping teenage lad, who on occasions likes to throw his (considerable) weight around. During last Winter’s cold spell, his (old but very expensive) rug got ripped (see, I told you he likes throwing his weight around) and I promised him that when he was a barrister’s horse, he would have a plentiful supply of posh, new rugs to wear. The ‘barrister’s horse’ thing stuck, hence the business name.
I am married and live in a small Lincolnshire village, which is a bit ‘back of beyond’, but I love it here. It’s the perfect peaceful environment for painting furniture – if only I could magic my stuff to London and all the other places my furniture goes to, freight is an expensive business these days!
This blog is all about what I do, what works, what doesn’t, which products are good, which aren’t so hot. It’s also a bit of a showcase for some of my work.