Class of May 2015


Murphy joined the Academy with his owner Julie for the May 2015, 12 week Woodworking Skills course. Murphy is an affectionate and well behaved boy and everyone enjoyed his company in the workshop and for walks on Monmouth beach at break times.

Chris Akerman

Chris served in the RAF for over 30 years where he worked a variety of roles including Direct Entry Weapons Technician, Aero systems Engineer, Bomb Disposals Officer and Senior Aircraft Engineering Officer. Chris has always had an interest in wood and metal work and enjoys riding and restoring classic cars and motorcycles. Chris will use his training at the Academy to convert a small barn into a home and workshop, make furniture and fit a kitchen with bespoke hardwood units.

Dan Jarvis

Dan joined the Academy from Gloucestershire where is works as an Architectural Model Maker. He’s worked in prop departments and in TV set design. Enjoying creative and hands-on work in workshop settings, Dan decided to learn woodworking skills to compliment his existing experience.

Julie Henderson

After a 5 day short course, Julie undertook the 12 week course to gain the skills to work on refitting her narrowboat along with other woodwork tasks. She has made a replacement ‘boat wide entrance step’ with bespoke storage as her project piece. Her next project is to create removable units to convert a panel van into a camper for time away.
Julie has taken up wood work following a career encompassing company director, social enterprise & project consultant, social worker, lecturer and former merchant navy officer. She now lives on her narrowboat with her dog Murphy who was with us throughout the 12 week course enjoying workshop life.

Mark Regel

For the past 20 years, Mark has worked in IT and Telecommunications in Project Management and Director roles. After recently relocating to Somerset from Surrey, Mark decided to pursue a more practical vocation and decided to join the 12 week course to carve out a new career in woodworking.

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