Patrick Woodward
Garfield Weston Foundation
Spring | 2018

A 1920s, Swiss-made, pre-embargo wristwatch bought in Cuba prompted Patrick Woodward to research the world of watchmaking and restoration as a career.

Learning opportunities are rare, so he worked in micro-electronics before spotting an article about Jacob Russell, who was the youngest qualified watchmaker in Britain following his apprenticeship at J E Alnutt & Son with master Geoff Alnutt. The QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Apprenticeship means Geoff can employ Patrick and pay for his annual examinations at the British Horological Institute.

“Over three years I will master the skills to repair antique and vintage watches, including hand making watch parts, and ultimately become a Fellow of the British Horological Institute, set up my own workshop and create my own timepieces.”