I left (well… I was asked to leave) school and went to Bolton Art college, then Hull briefly, then back to Bolton. Worked for Greenhalgh's in Horwich as a designer / printer before being asked to leave. Later worked for 6 years for a firm in Bolton (that nobody has ever heard of) designing packaging and managing the print side of the job - letterpress, lithographic, hot foil, screen print - but was asked to leave.
I met Peter Walker, railwayman and model engineer, in 1993 and lived in Glasgow until moving to Cumbria in 2006. I have been self-employed manufacturing replica nameplates for model engineers since 1993 but stumbled across an advert for deputy editor of ME in November 2010 after having had my arm twisted to advertise therein. I was offered the job and so far, no-one has asked me to leave. It's looking promising.
In order to give my poor mother peace, as a very small child I was sent out to go and annoy me dad in the shed. I had a little wooden toolbox as a perch near the base of his old 4.5in. 'Keighley Lifts' lathe where I made swarf pies and picked up things he dropped. Ahhh - many a happy hour. One of my earliest memories is of opening and fishing around in a box of straw that contained a set of castings for a Stuart 5A. That must have been 1968. Last week I was looking at that particular engine's latest manifestation. (Watch this space…)
When I was younger all I ever wanted to do was draw so I have never practised Model Engineering but engineering has been around me all my life and I was certainly given an appreciation of it, in all its forms. I've been involved with traction engines all my life - including the hard jobs, like tube expanding (by hand!) and being the holder-up inside the firebox. So in 1996 we bought our 1933 Sentinel S6 which has covered thousands of miles under its own steam. I'm now counting the days until our daughter turns 17 and I'll get my hands on the shovel again.
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