Nick Kary

Since I was old enough I have enjoyed the sensation of a tool in my hand, a knife, a chisel or even a pen. A childhood spent cooking, baking and beer brewing at home, carving and turning at school was balanced by time spent playing with bullets and bits in my grandfather’s workshop. With him very little was ever actually made, but that didn’t seem to be the point.

Since then 30 years spent making furniture has made me more demanding, a workshop full of specialised equipment accumulated along with a weighty set of skills, has ended up defining me as a “Professional Woodworker”, as someone who is marked by his skillset. In all truth I will always be a beginner, always apprenticing myself to some new idea, or technique.

One of these techniques, more of a passion really that I have practised quietly over the years, has been writing. The word has always been a link for me between the isolated craftsman and the human world outside the workshop. Communication, stories told and listened to, wisdom, inanity and laughter shared. Over the last 10 years I have increasingly used my love of wood and word to facilitate and teach. Wood and words, trees and people, material and ethereal, it is here I love increasingly to dwell.

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