I was first introduced to woodworking as a child through my father in the North East of England. After leaving school I served a traditional woodworking apprenticeship by attending the Newcastle College of Arts & Technology, taking a 4 year City & Guilds Institute course from 1976-1980. After spending much of my time as a journeyman woodworker in the UK I moved to Austin TX in 2005 and established John Parkinson Furniture. In June 2015 I relocated to Durham, North Carolina where I continue to make custom furniture in my own workshop.
I strive to build functional custom furniture pieces with clean elegant lines, incorporating quiet details and accents to enhance visual vitality. The work of cabinet making, the designing, joining and finishing of a piece has always appealed to me. The process demands the use of both the hands and mind. My deepest satisfaction comes from designing a piece that is both useful and interesting.
I have been part of the annual West Austin Studio Tour (WEST). In 2014 I was honored to receive the award for best contemporary piece at the Texas Furniture Makers Show in Kerrville, TX. I have also been featured in both Fine Woodworking and Woodworker West magazine. A selection of my work can be seen by request.
I also travel the country giving woodworking hand tool demonstrations as part of the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event team.