What inspired you to start your work?
The art of traditional craftsmanship in wood is disappearing. So the days of owning a heirloom piece from cradle to grave are fading fast. I wanted to create a rare, beautiful and unique object that my wife would treasure for the rest of her life, long after I had gone. Seeing her joy when I created her jewelery box has inspired me to continue in my efforts to offer that same opportunity to others.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
Six months ago, I converted our Bach in the Waitakeres into a workshop. The Bach used to be a place where time stood still as you sat fascinated by the fantails and tuis in the flax and bush. Now it’s a place where I lose track of time, lost in the smell of wood shavings and polish. Those same fantails and tuis now watch me!
What do you love most about your handmade business?
During my apprenticeship, my master hovered over my shoulder – instructing, ordering, redirecting – it’s the traditional way to become truly skilled at the craft. Working for myself, I can let the wood and my imagination guide what is created.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
My imagination has led me into the world of wooden geared clocks and the Auckland Fair is my opportunity to showcase these intriguing, intricate, kinetic sculptures – that really do keep time !
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
My biggest achievement in my business to date has actually been finding the secret of getting the clocks to work reliably. After about 100 hours painstakingly marking the stopping point of each cog, assembling, sanding and reassembling each part, checking the humidity and adjusting the weights……the answer came as quite a surprise. Simply close the workshop window. That stopped our kitten jumping in and playing with the pendulum.