DEREK JONES began his career restoring period furniture at the age of 15 in a small antique shop in Brighton, England. After running his own shop for several years, he studied 3D Design in college before opening a small workshop to produce bespoke furniture for domestic and corporate clients in and around London. He’s built custom furniture for banks, boardrooms, boats and recording studios. When the chance came, some twenty years later, to try something new he took up the role as Editor at Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine. With more than 250 articles to his name and three books about woodworking, he now enjoys passing on all the tips and tricks he’s learned over the years through teaching. “The biggest thrill for me now is not in the making, but instead helping students to acquire techniques for creating things by hand. The simpler the method the better.” His latest venture and one that completes the circle is helping to fill the gap in craft skills training for the next generation of craftsmen and women at the London Design & Engineering University Technical College where students begin their training age 14.