Geoff Collard has been working in the wood
trade for 37 years, having served his apprenticeship at a small specialist
workshop in Newbury. He had always had an interest in making things by hand
and began his apprenticeship at the age of 16 in 1978. in 1982 Geoff went
self employed, working from the back of a van. In 1984 he moved to the city
of Bath, providing a high volume of renovation work and establishing a loyal
customer base. As a child Geoff always wanted to work in the special
effects department at pinewood studios but as he got to the age of seriously
deciding on his career he was advised that the film industry at that time
was a bit up and down as you may have work for a length of time then there
may be nothing for ages, so he decided to become a bench joiner and
furniture maker but any chance he had would always be fiddling with
different crafts and built up a wealth of experience over the years.
Every project that Geoff undertakes is hand
crafted using traditional tools and great attention to detail. Geoff begins
his work by establishing a clear list of the client's requirements and will
come up with a design to suit the room or application that it is intended
for, whether it be free standing or fitted. Geoff maintains that the biggest
selling point of his service is the absolute focus on detail and intricacy.
All work he produces is hand crafted by himself alone, rather than passing
through several hands, as may be the case with larger companies. He has
found that some customers come to him after experiencing dissatisfaction
with the services that have been provided by bigger companies. Geoff's
personal service is assurance in the quality of his work and after 26 years
in business he has not received one single complaint about anything that he
Since setting out alone on his business
venture Geoff has enjoyed tremendous and endless success. To date he has
never had a single day without work and he lives the kind of working life
that we all crave. Geoff has no desire to expand or grow the business as he
would inevitably lose his personal touch. He also enjoys keeping things
simple and manageable and is only interested in making quality pieces
without the stress and hassle of running a larger company.
Geoff conducts his work from one of six
industrial units at the Wansdyke Workshops in Bath, along with the help of
his trusted companion, Ruff the dog. 90% of all work he completes comes from
recommendations from satisfied customers and whilst Ruff might not be quite
so fussed, any project won't leave Geoff's workshop until he
himself is 100% satisfied with the result. If it doesn't measure up to his
high standards then it is not complete. If there is one thing in particular
that Geoff relishes about his work, its the individual pieces, the unusual
jobs or requests.
One of Geoff's recent achievements has been
the completion of a fantastic scale doll's house for one of his customers.
Geoff took over 200 photos along with detailed measurements of the real
house in order to begin his work. The detail that he went into was
extraordinary, making over 2000 mdf slates for the roof, with each one going
through four processes to get the right look. Spread over a period of a year
and a half, the house took Geoff several months to build.
workshop and one and only employee, make the tea ruff!!