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Splintering off…

By on Mar 30, 2014 in community, environment, events, news, recycled projects, uncategorized | 2 comments

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Another week full of interesting things, but none quite so interesting as this rather exciting bit of news…

Mr Bee is smiling because of his exciting news

Mr Bee wishing he had time to brush the sawdust out of his hair before the paparazzi showed up!

The Splinter Cell handed in his notice at work this week so will be woodworking full-time in just a month! The Bee is just as pleased as he is about this news as it is truly what he has wanted to do for a long time.

The Splinter Cell, a little garage workshop space of his own

The Splinter Cell, a little garage workshop space of his own

So here are a few words from the man himself…

I got into woodworking originally because I used to DJ and wanted something sturdy that I could put decks on and store my records in. Along with a woodworking friend, I designed and built the very first ‘Stirdiboy’. We made them from mdf bolted together and sold quite a few, I enjoyed making them.

Little garage workshop of dreams

Little garage workshop of dreams

It was when we came back from travelling that I started working in reclaim wood. The very first tool I bought was a cheap router and I very quickly realised that you get what you pay for, you can’t skimp on good tools.

Broken skateboard decks ready for recycling

Broken skateboard decks ready for recycling

I now have a large collection of ‘good tools’ and have been working part-time out of a little garage workshop for the past 6 years, perfecting traditional joinery methods and teaching myself the craft of woodworking.

Gluing up layers of skateboard deck

Gluing up layers of skateboard deck

I believe the future is local. It has become too hard working for ‘Adult Social Care and Health’ seeing what I did as a front line worker for vulnerable people. The result of this mutated capitalism regimeĀ  that we now appear to live under in our society and the bureaucracy means we cannot deliver ‘real’ care to people.

Turned on the lathe, these will soon become buttons

Turned on the lathe, these will soon become buttons

The creativity went from my job when the cuts came in and the obsession with saving money made me realise that there is more to life than money. My wife has been very supportive of my decision to leave my job and do woodworking full-time. It is a ‘real job’ and it is creative.”

New pendants shapes and colours

New pendants shapes and colours

So with only four weeks to go until he goes full-time, The Splinter Cell is already taking orders and will be tackling much bigger projects than the recent recycled skateboard deck jewellery collaboration with honey bee.

A skateboard pendant reminder of shirt and tie he is leaving behind

A skateboard pendant reminder of shirt and tie he is leaving behind

However there will be further collaborations coming up in the future. But for now, why not pop over to his page and check out what he is up to in the coming months and expect nothing less than creative and innovative lovingly made furniture that is built to last.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Look out for some new pendants coming up for sale this week and additions to the range too!

Until then

Stay true to yourself

and stay sweet

The Bee

x

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