Woody's silky obsession leads to collar-full collection
PUBLISHED: 12:10 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:06 27 February 2019
Neckwear enthusiast David "Woody" Wood is knot your average collector.
The history teacher and grabatologist has a collar-full collection of more than 6,000 ties, proudly displayed throughout his Welwyn Garden City home - on the walls, up the stairs and in the bedrooms.
“I’ve had to expand into the kid’s rooms I have so many ties, some are in storage boxes, others are waiting to be hung on more railing,” David, 59, said.
“I sometimes buy ties just to collect, not to wear, as some of them I’ve never worn.”
The father of two daughters and one step-son was inspired by the array of bright and colourful neckwear donned by Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow.
David has about £30,000 tied up in his own collection over the past 20 years.
“It takes time and real dedication to find some of these ties,” he said.
But not just any old tie is suit-able - David is a rather more discerning collector.
“If you don’t do silk, it’s not worth having. It’s top quality,” he said.
“I particularly like Savile Row Company silk ties.”
With such expensive taste in material, David admits he is fond of the half Windsor knot, as it is suited to thick silk.
The many ties hanging throughout his home are deliberately arranged in an eye-catching display.
“The bottom two rails downstairs are my ‘everyday’ ties that I wear to work,” David said.
“But as you go up the stairs, I have a rail dedicated to patterns, stripes, spots and bold colours.”
Much to his delight, David’s ties are popular with others, too.
They have been described as “like artwork” by the postie and during takeout deliveries.
David also regularly receives compliments from his students at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School.
“My kids at school always say, ‘I love your ties, sir’,” David said.
“It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment.
“And at the end of the school year, I bring my ties in for the kids and we have a class photo together.
“It always gives me a buzz when people ask me where I got my ties from.
“It’s so rare to see anyone wearing ties anymore.”