I started film making in earnest 

At one of the family film shows I projected a commercially produced film which seemed to act as a catalyst, it pictured timber floating down the rivers in Sweden; there were clips of elephants being used to transport timber in Burma, I knew I could make films as good as these. I set off on the trail to find and film as many craftsmen as I could.

Whilst I spent all my free time, weekends and holidays filming in different parts of the country, back in the classroom I continued to experiment with 16mm film. I found by using this film that it was possible to give both a right and a left hand demonstration, the only thing I had to do was to turn the film over and project it. I used this technique in teaching the handling of tools to left-handed pupils. I never deterred any boy from using his left hand if he was naturally left-handed.

The only problem I had to solve in making these films was that it only required a short length of film and the films were too short for the projector ! So I spliced the film end to end and formed a loop - I was then able to project the film continuously onto the screen. This was a great breakthrough, it enabled many pupils to watch the film until they had grasped the steps they needed to practise.

 The loops of film I produced gave a continuous viewing of a particular operation such as the using and handling of a plane on a piece of wood. The pupils watched the screen until such time they considered they knew exactly what was required - then off they would go to their work benches and they would practise the skill they had been watching.

I produced several of these loops of film covering many skills. As the loops became longer I had to invent something to absorb the length of film. I invented a 'Loop Absorber'. In doing so, I had introduced into the classroom another teaching aid which had never been used before.

Later I was to be invited by my colleagues to demonstrate these new ideas in education.