An introduction This collection features all my hand made projects made from wood, at least for now. I've always had an interest in making things and being self-sustaining. One of my boyhood dreams was to invent things so this has been a fun outlet for me.
Background to these projects In 2013 I bought an Opinel knife - a simple folding knife produced since the 1890's in France by a family-owned company. I would sit in the yard whittling twigs and branches while enjoying a cup of tea and one day had the idea of whittling a spoon as a gift for my wife Liz as we were due to move into our new apartment. With each fine shave from the block of beechwood I could see the spoon take shape. I was hooked and wondered what else I could make?
I was excited by the possibilities to to fill our home with our own creations and next decided to create a bench I could use while learning to play the keyboard. While my attempts to play the keyboard were an utter failure, I was thrilled with this simple bench assembled all by hand tools.
Over the next 12 months I completed the set of furniture pieces and learnt a whole lot about tools, techniques and myself in the process. I'm most proud of our coffee table, 4 weeks of tough labour using all hand tools.
The principles I've tried to work to on these projects: