Unemployed but never idol

Just starting a BA(hons) in Graphic Design

Completed Level 5 HND in Computing and Systems Development

Working as a volunteer engineer at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
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gt products limited 2001-2005

Well, I left XWD running their stores to run GT Products stores and goods in, goods out. The company supplied cords and braids to finishing companies, pretty braids used on labels etc, that sort of thing. They also supplied security ties, twist ties and cable ties and tons of rubber bands to various customers including the fishing industry which led to the building of wire fish traps. As is now the norm, local fishermen are becoming more eco friendly by not dragging nets but only catching the fish they actually want by using specially designed traps that catch particular breads of fish, craps, lobsters, prawns etc.

The specially coated wire, used for sea fishing, is imported from the states. The trap designs are very similar to that of our US cousins, as seen on 'Deadliest Catch' on Sky TV. When I began I was given the task to find ways around building the perfect trap, and after a few hours playing I began to work well with the wire finding the best ways in which to use it. This was the sort of work I loved, throwing myself into designing and building traps, some 6,500 of them, working through the difficulties and evolving the production. From oyster trays to lobster pots, and prawn etc. Here are some of them.


36x21x15 store pot, used to store catch keeping them fresh and collect later.


30x18x12 Velvet Creel with netted entrances, setting net entrances was a new skill, very complex.


30x21x13.5 Lobster pot, kitchen and parlour design with netted entrances, a fisherman's favourite.


Same design as above, but folding, aimed at the yachty types.


36x21x13.5 Top entry lobster pot, fitted with bucket.


30x30x21 Cuttle fish trap, I made hundreds of these. Fitted with specially designed neptune fingers


36x24x20 Cuttle trap, new design in 2" wire, worked very well.


Custom design to fit customers 36x18 round frames, normally netted.


42x36x18 Big bruit of a Cuttle trap. My design, worked well.


24x12x12 Eel trap made in 1/2" wire, designed with funnel entrance and non return tube.


24x18x12 Nephrop trap, made in 1" wire to catch nephrops, similar to baby lobster or langoustine.


24x16x12 D-shape prawn trap, these worked very well as I heard from reports, very complex to cut, but easy to assemble using cable ties and water pipe to add strength. And as it turned out later were a success catching crayfish.


30x16x12 Top pot with added rope, loads of work involved, actually I think it looked great but was taking too much out of me and became one reason towards my leaving. This was too much involved work and was hurting my hands, and work began to stack up. Arguments began, and I walked out.


36x16x12 Yorkshire crab pot, latest designs fitted with concrete runners, looked great, worked well.


36x20x16 Yorkshire pot with netted entrances, my design.