Neil began his woodworking career by training as an Industrial Arts teacher in the early 1970s. Resigning from teaching in 1983 he turned to woodworking as a full time occupation. The focus of Neil's work has changed from predominantly woodturning to a concentration on custom-made furniture.
Working with his artist wife Liz Neil produced a range of painted platters that have been successfully marketed in Australia and the United States. Now most of his time is spent designing and making furniture for private clients and select galleries. "I really enjoy the relationships that are built when designing special pieces for clients. I feel a real sense of pride and satisfaction making them happy with their unique piece of furniture." Neil enjoys teaching others and conducts night classes weekend workshops and five-day summer schools in his workshop. He also teaches design to trainee Design and Technology teachers on a part-time basis. Neil's main hope is that his pieces will be treasured for years to come and that they will become the antiques of tomorrow.