Simon Shard – Class of September 2007
Simon was an aircraft mechanic (radio and radar) in the Royal Navy before a serious motorbike accident immobilised him for five years and forced his medical discharge. He joined the Academy as soon as he was fit. While on the course he decided that he loved working with wood but did not want to build boats. On graduation Simon set up a workshop in Somerset and sold, through award-winning wood centre Yandles, workbenches and chess sets that he designs and makes. He has also undertaken commissions for bespoke wooden furniture and panelling. See his website for more examples of his work.