In 2005 Nicholas was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. A Churchill Fellowship enables Australian citizens to travel overseas to undertake a study trip to learn what cannot be readily undertaken in Australia.
Churchill Fellowships aim to reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of excellence for the enrichment of Australian society.
Nick’s study trip involved several months visiting Master Craftsmen in the USA and UK. Nick met some of the world’s best furniture makers to discuss best practice in business models, design and making techniques, as well as reviewing antique pieces made by the masters of old.
In the UK, Nicholas worked with Marlborough House, whose highly skilled craftsmen and women are responsible for restoration and maintenance of the Royal Collection in the Royal Palaces.
The skills learnt from his Churchill Fellowship are evident in the quality of craftsmanship seen in Nick’s work today.