PASSION FOR CRAFTMANSHIP
by Norwegian heritage
MY BACKGROUND STORY
The family farm (above) is located deep in the Western mountains of Norway, near a small village called Vadheim which lies at the magnificent Sognefjord.
Every summer my mom and I spent our summer days with the family there. Every year I helped out as a ‘dreng’ (- Norwegian for something like ‘farm servant’) until around I was 17. We were milking the cows, herding the goats, playing with the cats and dogs and were apart of a traditional Norwegian-farm life.
In this charming and beautiful place, I grew close to ‘bestefar’ (grandpa) and his children, my uncles and aunts, because we spent our days together. When living so remote, 650m above sea level in the middle of a few mountains, the tradition of making things yourself was a necessity, not always a choice. Therefor grandpa and his sons were great woodworkers and craftsmen.
I was always inspired by their creations which were used in daily life. Like breadboxes, butter-boxes, washboards, spoons, rakes and even other wooden tools and contraptions to be able to create bigger things.
After working and building stuff with metal (TIG welding, fillet brazing, soldering) and building bicycles, I felt inspired to start working with other materials as well and in this case wood. I bought myself a wood-lathe, some chisels, a grinding bench and installed it all in my little workshop here in Assendelft. After some weeks of practice and experimenting with all kind of types of wood and techniques, I found out that I like creating things closest to my heart, my relationship with Norway.
FORESTRY WITH A FUTURE
The wood I use comes from sustainable forestry or is recycled wood. It depends on what’s available at times. Sometimes I get wood donated and sometimes I purchase it locally and at times I import it from the UK. All wood is certified with FSC or PEFC and comes from different countries. Most of what I use comes from Norway. Other wood may come from private gardens/woods/forest etc.
We are already depleting the world’s resources too much and especially our woods. I won’t settle for anything less than certified wood and I always ask about the wood’s origin.
Inspired by old Norse pottery, found at archeologic Viking sights, I transform these designs and patterns which date back over 1000 years, into one-of-a-kind items.
My work can be used in your home as a daily utility or as a show piece, the function is up to you. No matter what you’ll be using it for, I’m happy there’s a new touch of (historical) Norway in your home.
Wood, beauty on its own. Its colors and veins tell the story of its origin. With its own unique look, its individual tree, its own personal story. All the characteristics of making every piece unique.
Phone: +31 (0)621575677