Alan was born in Kenya and moved to England. Finishing his education in Falmouth before joining the royal air force for the next 24 years. Towards the ending of his enlistment, he took up wood turning as another hobby to his photography and interests in motor racing. He did night school classes on turning and made the usual bowls and platters, which kept him amused for a few years, until he started playing flat green bowls which took up a lot of time, to the detriment of turning. A change of jobs and time away meant he could not commit to the bowling but he found time to wood turn again, but with more designs in his mind to try. He went away from the normal bowls to making table lamps, tea light holders, clocks and fruit bowls with the natural edges of the trees and branch crooks. He mostly use English woods, often with the spalting (a dark figure caused by fungus and bacteria).
Recently he has tried his hand at wood art, which is more carpentry. Making geometric patterns, usually with a 3D illusion in the design. He enters items in the local village and town shows, gaining awards and trophies, which ensures his work is up to a high standard of finish.