Ralph Laughton trained as an engineer, but did not follow that path. Instead, on leaving full-time education he embarked on a career as an editor for a specialist publisher. This led him into the world of graphic design, where he found it possible to indulge a creative passion for well over twenty years. It was at this point that he decided to take an opportunity to realize a life-long dream. He is now a full-time woodworker designing and building furniture, repairing old joinery and writing about the techniques that he has spent nearly forty years acquiring.