Born to a family of farmers, fishermen and environmentalists, Haydn understood from an early age the importance of practical hands and an inquisitive mind. Under the watchful eye of his grandfather Lindsay, Haydn was a keen student, passing items, asking questions and observing carefully as Lindsay would sweat and cuss as things were repaired and built.
Leaving the farm to attend high school in the city, Haydn was exposed to a new world of opportunities and possibilities, the most exciting being the school's jewellery design program. He completed his studies with excellent grades and a passion for design and construction. He embarked on an apprenticeship immediately and spent this time mastering his craft and developing his own distinct style and philosophy, shaped by the rural countryside and white beaches of his youth and by the people who nurtured and inspired him as he grew.