Born 1985, I was introduced to Greenwood Working in 2013 while travelling around the UK.
A year later I came back and took a bowl turning and tool forging course with bowl turner and now good friend Sharif Adams and attended the biggest spoon carving gathering and festival - Spoonfest.
Meeting some of the best craftsmen and learning from them, really made me want to take my skills and approach to the craft to the next level and making it my full time occupation.
Last year I decided to sell and leave most of my possessions, and to travel between friends and craftsmen I met along the way, only with my basic tool kit and my rucksack.
now (aug' 16) i have finished converting a self build van that will be my home and workspace, and hopefully will allow me to take my travelling and exploring to the next level. ( up to date photos and daily work can be seen on my instagram account)
My thoughts and feelings towards opening an on-line shop & making more "stuff" for people to consume are slowly taking shape and sense, as I believe the products I make help me and hopefully others realize that instead of buying new "things" season after season, year after year new, at low prices and quality products that are manufactured basically to be thrown away, I feel a part of a rising alternative hand-crafted & slow culture, one that puts its focus on creating simple objects, in a simple process, designed and made to be used and looked at every day; to stay with us and become more beautiful and meaningful to us by doing so.
i use only hand tools, and a foot powered lathe with locally grown wood that was harvested in a sustainable way or would of end up as fire wood and working close to the woods and nature, makes me realize and feel that this is not an old craft showing up as the trendy fashion of the year, but the way I choose as a base for my future decisions and approach on how I am living, making & buying and the affect these decisions ripple.
I feel like teaching and sharing the skills is my real aim and pleasure- passing to others skills and tools to make with their own hands the things they need while experiencing and understanding the effort, thought and depths that can be found even in the most common and simple object in our life- a spoon.