I handcraft functional & beautiful items using both traditional tools, such as axes, knives, handsaws, planes, and a lathe, as well as a few modern ones, depending on the work at hand. I craft these unique items from local, sustainably-sourced wood, that often what would have ended up as firewood.
I've worked with wood since I was a young boy, but really started getting serious about it a few years ago.
I've been taught the art of wooden bowl turning, spoon carving, tool forging and hand tool woodworking from renowned craftspeople. I'm heavily influenced by them, and connect with many of them on a daily basis, inspiring me to take my skills to the next level.
I feel a strong connection to the hand-crafted & slow living culture movements, and strive to create meaningful objects, that hopefully, can help curb just a bit of our "throw-away consumer culture" mindset.
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What's up with the Hedgehog?
"Multa novit vulpes, verum echinus unum magnum" ("...a fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing")
The Hedgehog and the Fox is an essay by philosopher Isaiah Berlin (London 1953). Berlin contrasts writers and thinkers into two categories: hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea, and foxes who draw on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world cannot be boiled down to a single idea.
Why this is meaningful to me: While I tend to be more of a "fox" in my pursuits and ideas, I feel that I could do well to be more of a "hedgehog" in certain areas. One of these "single defining ideas" for me is the deep value of traditional handcraft, both in the objects that are created, and more importantly, how the act of creation shapes me.