Meet the team.
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Scroll saw, Pyrography, Intarsia, Carving and general woodworking
Bob Completed 22 years in the British army as an infantryman he has seen service in various theatres throughout the world and left as a full corporal. since leaving the Army bob has worked in the Welfare and employment sector and made his way to operations manager prior to his recent bad episode that has seen him leave his employment.
Bob Has been working in wood for the past 18 months, he was referred to Phoenix House recovery centre after he had a bad episode, he has since been diagnosed as PTSD, this became apparent 25 years after that incident and was completely unexpected.
As part of his recovery Bob took up woodworking and has a particular passion for scroll saw work, he has helped raise the awareness of Mental health issues with "Hidden wounds" he has also taken part in media campaigns on TV, Radio and in print.
As one of the main team members of "Veterans Woodcraft" he currently spends the majority of his time making requested items, and has also helped as part of the team to complete some high-profile Bespoke furniture, he has done a great deal with the local school and will be helping to set up other veteran workshops later in 2016.
Born in Brighton I served 24 years in the Royal Artillery. On leaving the Army I joined the GPO (now BT). Due to health problems I was offered early retirement, which I took. I came up to Yorkshire 7 years ago and stayed! I have always been involved with the ex-forces community through the Royal British Legion and the Royal Artillery Association.
I have always been interested in Heritage Skills, especially anything involving wood. I did a spoon carving session with the guys at the PRU on a Tuesday afternoon. I was invited back and when the new Phoenix House Recovery Centre was built I help set up the Arts and Craft Department. I have been leading the new Phoenix House Wood Workshop Project.
Joined the Royal Air Force - 56f Sqn Phantoms early 80's as FLM or Groundcrew to those not in the know 🙂 I moved over to 54f Sqn Jaguars in '91 just in time to enjoy a visit or two to the desert with my bucket and spade 😉 I left the Forces and was only diagnosed with PTSD over 10 years later but those 10 years were hell for me and my wife and daughter. Years of counselling, re-training the brain and medication (of course) brought me to Phoenix House - Help for Heroes just over 2 years ago. I started with a Celtic Dragon in Lime wood and haven't looked back. I have spent the last 18 months teaching myself CNC / CAD programming in an attempt to raise funds and awareness of Phoenix House and how working with wood can help improve your Quality of Life. Live, Love & Laugh Alcohol is not the answer but neither is milk or water 😉 Stay safe, Stay calm 🙂
Fund raiser, wood turner, CNC operator
Jeremy was a member of the CCF (Royal Navy Section) whilst at Durham School 1972-1976. He recently joined the team after experiencing the amazing work that Veterans Woodcraft delivered and the results they achieved.
Jeremy went straight in to farming after leaving school, and has over 25 years’ experience in business management. With experience working in the private sector, the public sector and the third, not for profit sector.Jeremy has had to deal with mental health issues. In 2003-2004 he went to university and gained a BA (Hons) Business Enterprise (with international studies) 2:1. & Diplôme Européen de Management International. he considered this to be a good form of therapy for overcoming Mental health issues.
Jeremy now writes the funding bids for Veterans Woodcraft. He has uncovered a passion for wood turning, along with the discovery that it has excellent therapeutic values.