As a child, Neil had always been intrigued by the works and drawings of Heath Robinson and Emmett. He became interested in mechanical models and how they worked and began to make simple models based on their particular style and humour.
In 1988, he came across the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in Covent Garden, London, where some of the finest Automata are on exhibition. The humour, craftsmanship and mechanical design of the automata fascinated and intrigued.
"Noticing that the public was actually prepared to buy some of the pieces, it began to dawn on me that it might be possible to earn a living from this craft and in November 1992, I decided to pursue this hobby full time and started in earnest designing and creating new Automata."
A member of the British Toymakers Guild since 1993, Neil sells his automata throughout the world and has received a special jury award for 'An outstanding work that showed original conceptualisation and creativity' at the World Karakuri competition in Japan.