What inspired you to start your work?
We are a small family business. Initially, I (Gwyneth) began working with wood in order to save native timber off-cuts from the fire box and a desire to create personal items for our home. But it soon became apparent that this was more than a passing project and in 2014, out of the backyard shed, it developed into a business. My husband Dave, brings a background in engineering, while my expertise is in design.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
We have two main work areas — the garage workshop where all the noisy, dusty work happens and an adjacent room where we do the painting and finishing.
Between the two is a well worn and dusty trail.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I find great satisfaction in both the process of making items with my hands and having the chance to experiment with new ideas and techniques. I love that I get to do this most days and that I’m not tied to an office chair and a fixed schedule.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
We receive wonderful feedback and encouragement online and the Fair gives us the chance to meet customers face to face and to share our work directly. It is also a great way to gather feedback on products and observe how people interact with our work.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
Winning the 2015 Etsy Home and Living Award. Winning an Etsy Design Award was a huge confidence boost for a small, rural business! We constantly strive to make beautifully crafted products that reflect New Zealand and it was really encouraging that this was recognised in an international context.
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