It all started with a motorcycle...
My love for CNC started in 2014. After receiving some parts for my trusty Triumph Bonneville that didn’t fit very well. I figured it would be easy enough to make them fit properly, if I could modify them. I tried with hand tools but it was a disaster. I didn't have the right tools for the job.
At the time the Shapeoko platform was just gaining attention in the USA and I was eager to get involved but they were expensive and I didn’t have the space. I ended up with a small manual Clarke hobbyist mill. I quickly outgrew this and found myself needing something bigger and more precise. I needed a CNC.
After moving house I bit the bullet and paid a hefty sum to get a Shapeoko 3 shipped to me. At the time it didn’t have all the bells and whistles they have now so I began to modify it.
One thing led to another and I quickly had one of the most highly modified Shapeoko 3’s out there. I had a DIY aluminium bed, proximity homing switches, drag chains, magnetic accessories, probing, a 2.2kw water cooled spindle and my own home designed linear Z axis.
Fast forward to 2018 and I’ve been a very active member of the community but I wanted more. I wanted more power, more accuracy and I had been pushing the limits of the platform. With some inspiration I took my design skills to the next level and spent some time understanding the design elements and software.
I then built my own CNC.
With that well underway I was getting requests for help and parts. I wanted to bring some of my creations to the market so begin designing and testing ideas.
In June 2018 with the backing of the Shapeoko community I announced my first production run of a heavy duty linear slide and this site was setup.
Jumping forward to June 2019, the HDZ was a huge success and I joined the ranks of Carbide 3D as Director of Product Development & the HDZ along with some other accessories offered through the store. You can see more on this here.
I'm an Engineer at heart. At the age of 10 I got my first tool set. Since that moment I'v been obsessed with DIY.
I've dabbled in house restoration taking on everything from electrics to plumbing. I've played with RFID implants, and ran a electronics repair business from 2004 - 2010.
I love building and creating things, along with travel and riding and working on Motorcycles. Beaver CNC is my side project I work full time for a not for profit fintech.
Hannah is my loving wife. She's a huge advocate of my work and entertains me, patiently letting me bounce ideas and concepts off her. Hannah handles all the day to day operations from answering questions, to building and packaging orders.
In her spare time she's a keen cook, a fitness and food freak and an aspiring florist. All around a bit of a legend.