What inspired you to start your work?
My Father and Grandfathers are all builders so I think woodworking has always been in my blood. Over the past 3 years what started as a therapeutic weekend hobby sanding down and re-working second hand wooden furniture has, due to my love of cooking and food, evolved into carving and spoon making.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
I spend a lot of time at a workshop over on the North Shore with a bunch of wonderful volunteers. They have the great supply of tools and a pool of knowledge and skills which has helped me to refine my designs and improve my production processes. The workshop allows me to do all the big stuff like cutting down large lengths of timber and tree trunks into more workable pieces, and it’s a good place to do all of the heavy duty sanding. I have a sunny spot at home where I do all the finishing, like carving out scoops for spoons, refining shapes, final sanding, and oiling and polishing. I am very lucky to have two very inspiring and calming environments to create in.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I like that my small business has a very genuine and organic process, giving new life to scraps of old recycled native timbers. Although I am very new to the game I am looking forward to the process of setting up a small business, and I am excited to see where it goes and how my products and business will develop as it grows.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
This will be the first time I have put my work on display for the general public, I am both nervous and excited to show it off and to get some feedback. I am also very much looking forward to meeting the other exhibitors and spending the day with like-minded creatives and crafters.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
So far it’s been the big decision to turn hobby into business, after selling out of stock to friends before Christmas I realised that it is possible to turn my dream into a reality. I can’t wait for all the challenges and next set of triumphs that are to come.