Having had his academic career cut short by a lack of ability and effort, Matt Williams turned his attention to traditional rural crafts. Starting in the world of thatching, he became a grower of straw and harvester of woodlands as well as a fairly talented maker of roofs.
He lived for the best part of the next decade in a thousand acres of woodland on the edge of Oxford hanging around with boffins and asking awkward questions. This lead him from a life of straw to one surrounded by sticks, and a new obsession with the sustainability of the global charcoal industry.
Inventing exciting, occasionally dangerous methods of charcoal based alchemy, Matt founded what was the largest charcoal production facility in the UK, with the smallest environmental footprint.
These days you can find him at Whittle and Flame, making what is probably the best charcoal in the world, and confirming his status as a committed tree-bothered. He puts the fire under the grills of the DJ BBQ crew, as well as featuring in the BBC’s Sam and Shauna’s Big Cookout.
He’s coming to Black Deer to talk about all this combustible, expect him to bang on about sustainability and carbon cycles a lot. He’ll probably set fire to somethings while he’s here as well.