HANDMADE IN WALES

A tiny manifesto

Life is getting more and more connected, online, busy, rushed, shared. Our use of the natural resources given to us, more and more abstracted and commoditised. The things we use and surround ourselves with in our day-to-day lives are getting cheaper, mass produced, destined to last less and less time.

My reaction to this is to spend some real time making the most basic things in life – something to eat with, something to eat from, something to sit on. To make them well, with an understanding and respect for trees they came from.

In practice

With an end goal in mind, I walk into woodland looking for the perfect piece of green (fresh, living) wood. I take only what I need. I cut the wood in the right way to encourage regrowth. Working the wood green allows the use of human powered tools only – an axe, carving knife and crook knife. Understanding the character of local woodland species and it’s grain allows for a strong product, that will last and age beautifully. It’s not quick turn around work, but it’s deeply satisfying.

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