with the prospect of spending his entire working life looking after
the financial dealings of other people, James Bradley turned a childhood
passion for the varying textures of wood into a business that today,
boasts the Australian Government as one of its satisfied clients.
relaxed and very pleasant James Bradley has all the hallmarks of
an English country gentleman; fair, tall, youthful and with a resonant
voice that immediately demands attention. He should be a radio announcer,
you think as he greets you personally at the door of his Launceston
factory and ushers you into his office. But this casual approach
belies the seriousness with which he approaches his craft.
see myself as a furniture manufacturer rather than a strict furniture
designer", says James frankly. "I didn't start out to
be, however. In fact, I started my working life in the London Stock
Exchange, but was never really happy with being involved in the
financial market. In a very real sense what I've ended up doing
with my life, I suppose, stems back to my having been exposed to
antiques and furniture as a child. My grandmother ran an antique
business in England with a restoration workshop as part of its operations,
and even as a small boy I became fascinated with the sort of creativity
that was possible using woods as a medium.