Richard started his making career in 1976 and soon became well known for his small intricate wooden boxes. Although over the following decades he diversified into automata, musical instruments and historical reconstruction for film and TV, Richard's boxes continued throughout that time to slowly evolve and develop. .
The boxes are usually in various combinations of timbers utilising the distinctive natural colours and grain pattern of each species and sometimes incorporate special natural materials such as Shagreen, Mother-of-Pearl, Paua shell and Abalone.
Most of his medium sized boxes hold the unique wooden hinge which he developed many years ago and continues to be a distinctive feature of his work. All of his work is individually handmade, no jigs or modern production methods are used.
Image on left is of Richard involved with his other love, music and self made musical instruments.