Alan is a materials conservation specialist, trained in both an indentured five year apprenticeship as well as at Salisbury College, England, where he achieved distinction in his City & Guilds Diploma. Alan was schooled in the conservation approach to traditional building techniques, carpentry and joinery. As a student and an apprentice Alan also learned woodcarving, turning, and traditional historic paint and spirit finish conservation and restoration. Alan worked in professional practice in Europe and in the UK for over two decades before immigrating to Canada, where he now leads a skilled team of historic building conservation specialists that are dedicated to the preservation of Canadas built heritage. Projects include many significant historic buildings, including, The Welland Courthouse, Alderlea Heritage Estate, Auchmar Heritage Estate, Eaton Hall, Dundurn Castle.