Woodwork is the life long passion of John Phillip O’Neill
John was introduced to woodwork at an early age by his engineering father who helped him to setup his first workshop containing little more than a lathe. Spending many hours working on and dreaming of selling his craft has contributed massively to his woodworking adventure.
Along his professional career, John spent many years as a chef working in various prestigious hotels and in blue chip contracts. His culinary expertise saw him gain many competitive accolades and helped to teach him the art of presentation and showmanship.
Working at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and gaining various qualifications have all helped to fuel his passion and helped to broaden his creative mind.
Relocation to South Wales saw John setting up a small joinery business from scratch which led to various types of work including, but not limited to:
- All forms of bespoke joinery
- Newport Folly (featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs)
- The Dr Who Exhibition in Cardiff
- Robin Hood Up Close in Nottingham
- Postman Pat Village, Longleat Safari Park
The experience John has gained have combined to help him pursue his dream to create smaller, creative and functional pieces. He mostly works with simple shapes and curves and utilises the timbers natural elements to allow him to create a tactile, functional and creative product.