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Gareth has been working as an upholsterer for 25 years. He gained his training on the shop floor, working in various workshops in England and Wales and is versed in many aspects of furniture making from cabinet work to mattress making. Early in his career, producing work for the National Trust and English Heritage properties.
Gareth started his own company in 2004 and in this time has taken commissions and private work for high end interior design companies, bespoke furniture makers, private collectors, antique dealers, embassies and museums.
Gareth is now a Director and full time tutor at the British School of Upholstered Furniture in Oxfordshire, UK where he teaches the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Diploma program. He is also the lead tutor for the Advancements in Traditional Upholstery Diploma, run in association with the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers (GTU). Gareth is also the course writer for Upholstery Education.
During the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns Gareth ran a series of sucessful lectures on furniture history to students across the UK and currently has just started another series of lectures to members of the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers, worldwide.
In October 2020, Gareth stood down from his role of Student Representative for the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers and was voted by his peers to the position of Chairman. In this new role, Gareth is keen to promote and celebrate the craft and trade of upholstery to a broader spectrum of people.
Although a full time educator, Gareth still takes on commissions from select clients, predominantly focusing on the decorative arts from 1840-1950.
Gareth is a natural communicator, he has the ability to adapt his teaching methods to each individual students requirements. He provides a relaxed, informal yet informative learning experience. He has a wealth of design and upholstery knowledge and his passion for sharing skills is infectious.