I have retired from a 35 year-long career in Higher education. Whilst studying for my first degree, I worked part time in an antiques shop, which I came to take over as proprietor. Such was my interest in collecting that I became known as the dealer who bought but never sold. My lectures seek to explain furniture in terms of the skills and materials employed in its design and construction and also its socio-economic significance. I have lectured on antique furniture since 1975 and have been in the NADFAS Directory since 1982. I have lectured to over 300 NADFAS societies including those in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, The Hague and Spain.