Paul heads up Mountain Craftsman. He’s been making outdoor kit ever since he got started, through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, many years ago. When work-load allows, he enjoys rock-climbing, hill-walking, wild-camping and occasional mountain-biking; he approaches the design process from being an end user, not just from theory. He holds a BA (Hons) Industrial Design (Product) from Sheffield Hallam University. During his time in Sheffield he had the privilege of meeting some of the legends of the outdoor industry.
Paul is based in Tywyn, between the mountains and the sea, on the West coast of Wales. Sewn repair jobs and other textile-based project work tends to come from local residents and visiting holiday-makers. Garment commissions come, predominantly, via the website. Why make out that Mountain Craftsman is a bigger establishment than it is? Ok, you might have to be patient when there’s a project currently under the machines but rest-assured; communication is directly with the designer/maker – no going through Sales desks or PR departments…
Of unusual note, Paul lived in Manchester for eleven years, working with ‘disaffected’ youth, on a voluntary basis, in areas such as Moss Side and Hattersley, in conjunction with the “Eden Project” – an initiative of Christian charity “The Message Trust”.
Qualified to lead groups Mountain Walking and Rock climbing, Paul does sessional instructional work for local centre minydon.com