Born and raised in the village of Caldbeck, in the English Lake District, Jeff Greenup is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the woodworking and furniture trade.
His initial involvement with woodworking was through his father and grandfather, who operated the family business from a converted 18th century flour mill (originally owned by the local church) and utilized the existing water wheel to power their machinery. Jeff feels that this instilled in him an understanding and respect for time-honoured construction methods and functional design.
Jeff operated his own custom furniture business in England between 1981 and 1989 which involved a wide variety of projects, including traditional pine furniture, chairmaking, antique restoration, and contemporary custom furniture. During this time, Jeff also spent two years attending Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology and graduated with advanced City and Guilds of London qualifications in traditional furniture construction and design, including country chairmaking; his work being exhibited and sold in galleries throughout England and Scotland.
Since the fall of 1989, Jeff and his wife Diane have lived and worked in Vancouver, BC. He feels that his firsthand exposure to the North American craft furniture business has broadened his design thinking and appreciation of diverse furniture styles and construction techniques.
Jeff is currently working with Leigh Industries, the router jig company, helping them to develop jig applications and joinery.