Ian Laval began his career as a journalist on a
local newspaper in the north
of England, joining Reuters and becoming correspondent in Pakistan in
1966. As Reuters' Lagos correspondent from
1967 to 1969 he covered the Nigerian civil (Biafra) war. Back in
Cumbria in northern England he was a radio journalist for BBC local
radio for several years
from 1970. He has a degree in Chinese from the School of Oriental and
African Studies, London University.
In 1970 Ian Laval started
and timber business at
Cumbria, northwest England,
the ancient thatched,
clay/cruck house there.
He sold the house in 1999
to go to the Pacific Northwest to begin
sailing and continues furnituremaking in a
new workshop on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.