Carpenter runs business with the help of his GRAN

An internationally renowned carpenter runs his successful business selling his creations to Hollywood stars and celebrities - with the help of his beloved GRAN.

Joseph Burton, 34, started his business after taking a woodwork course in 2016 and since then he has built a global customer base.

He sells his artwork and sculptures for thousands of pounds around the world including the US and Europe.

His customers include a movie mogul in Hollywood and a string of high-profile tattoo artists.

Last year his family were told his beloved gran Shelagh Fane would need to be moved into a care home after her health deteriorated.

But kind-hearted Joseph chose to move in with his 87-year-old gran and now runs his business from her garage in Oadby, Leics.

As a result, she is able to continue living independently rather than going to a care home.

Joseph even mark's his creations with "Grandma Approved" stickers and she takes an active role in the business.

He said: "The business is an online shop and it's really taken off.

"I make woodwork items like shelving, coat racks and serving tables and sell them on my online shop worldwide.

"I have sent two bespoke Robertson Cheney tables with geometric patterns to someone involved in the movie industry in Hollywood.

"They bought the pair for £1,000.

"I also sell to some high profile tattoo artists in the UK. I sold a very large dining table to one artist for £1,200.

"I have always been creative. I have been lucky as I grew up in a family where being creative was not only encouraged, it was celebrated.

"I am really lucky to have parents like that.

"The woodwork came in because my dad, uncles and grandad were builders and I used

to go and work with them.

"I generally use geometric artwork in my design.

"The inspiration comes from all over the place.

"The floor in Naples cathedral is incredible but it might be a pattern on somebody's jumper.

"I now work in gran's garage. I moved the business into her house last summer because she needed somebody around a bit more.

"I don't like being away from her.

"She suggested I could do my work in her garage and I agreed. We love spending time together and she is a real help and inspiration to me.

"She would say we live together more than I care for her.

"We have every meal together.

"In the morning, we have breakfast together, then I do a bit of woodwork.

"So many people have their independence taken away from them.

"She is still the centre of the family.

"To me it's not a chore, it's an honour.

"My mum and dad are very supportive of what I'm doing.

"I generally know if a piece is a winner when grandma gives it the thumbs up. She's a got a real eye and the business had thrived thanks to her.

"If I show her a new idea and she doesn't agree with then I'm right back in the workshop and work on it a bit more.

"It's important for me that she feels involved as well."

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