I am a jeweller with an eye for fun. Spectacles are one of the most interesting areas of body adornment for me, and possibly the most humorous. My earrings and rings are designed by working right on the materials - using wood a lot as a unique mold material. I use malleable metals (silver, gold, copper) that I alloy up when required, and then mix them with shell and gemstones just like real jewellery. My methods are melting, alloying, texturing, brazing and riveting. I trained first as a 2D designer at Wellington Polytechnic in 1968-71, and then taught myself, picking up jewellery-making from a variety of sources like Ruth Baird, Warwick Freeman, occasional workshops put on by other jewelers, and lately internet forums. I work alongside Ruth in a studio workshop we built behind our house. Passing on ideas is increasingly becoming important to me, at both masterclass and amateur levels. Professional jewelers who are interested in sharing ideas often appreciate my approach, and I especially enjoy seeing what children and teenagers can do when I take my lessons to the street and to the local schools.