Originally from Newcastle in the North East of England, John was first exposed to woodworking through his father, who had a set of hand tools and was always busy doing projects around the house. He spent his childhood mastering the art of building three-legged tables from sawn-off broom handles, plywood, and three nails.
After serving a traditional, four-year, City & Guilds Woodworking apprenticeship at Newcastle College of Arts & Technology, John worked professionally for various woodworking companies in England making everything from kitchen cabinets to fine furniture.
In 2005, he moved to Texas and started his own custom furniture business, John Parkinson Furniture. Most of his work is for private clients, though he also works with a number of interior design companies in the Central Texas area.
We discovered John at our Austin Hand Tool Event® in 2010, and he’s been part of our staff ever since. In his down time, John enjoys reading, music, theatre, hiking, biking, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.