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I love to play the mandolin but I share the house with two competent pianists and love the versatility of the instrument so that would be my choice but I know that I would never really be satisfied with my playing.


a waste of a nice block. Of course the woodblocks I use are themselves beautiful handmade items.


Running your own business is extremely hard work, how do you balance your work and home life and what do you do to wind down? I really appreciate working from home, mainly because of the flexibility it offers. If I take a morning off I can work later if I need to chase a deadline. However, the temptation is always there to pop into the studio and do a little more. I love living in a rural area as I can put down my tools and walk out along the lanes and enjoy the natural environment


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which inspires me. I also enjoy playing (mandolin) and listening to music. Engraving is very sedentary so I try to get to the gym or swimming pool a couple of times a week.


How do you get the word out about your business? The work that I do cannot be rushed and so is very time consuming. As a result, I normally have a waiting list for my services and so I tend not to market myself too hard. People find me through my website and blog or just by word of mouth.


If you had the time to learn one new skill what would it be?


Where can we buy your work? Most of what I have available is for sale through my website. You can also see work in progress on my blog or Facebook information page. I will be attending the UK Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford in November, where I will be offering handmade books as well as engravings for sale. I have never relied on selling through galleries but am interested in placing my newer work in different parts of the country. The Cambridge Book and Print Gallery has been a good local supporter in recent years and always have some of my engravings in stock.


For more information visit: www.andyenglish.com Images courtesy of Andy English


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