Each commission goes through a thorough process of design deliberation. Choice of material, Technical approaches, type of finishing are all considered. After which, a the process of making starts.
This is where your whims and fancy come alive. Want that secret drawer under the desk? A bespoke marquetry design on your box? Sure, we could talk about that.
I work alone most of the time in my tiny little studio. There are no big fancy machines or high tech laser guidance systems here. I use primarily hand tools with the occasional hand held power tools. I wish I had 2 more pairs of hands to work with but I wouldn't know if my brain can work them out.
I'M AN INDEPENDENT DESIGNER / MAKER
Consult, Design, Build
Learn how to use hand tools effectively and safely. Understand the material, make test joints and try out different techniques. Begin by making simple projects before gradually designing and building your own projects. Or be involved in your pieces by working under my guidance to be part of your own realisations.
I love building boxes. From small ring boxes and jewelry coffers up to specialist chests for mahjong tiles and cigar humidors. They are fantastic to showcase finer details such as marquetry, inlays and kumiko work.
fine DEcorative Boxes
Side tables, credenzas, wardrobes, all take a special place in my heart but occupy a larger space in my studio. I do make bigger pieces, but the challenge is always finding space for them.
Sometimes not everything is either this or that. Apart from a good range of bookbinding equipment which I design and make, I love strange requests and have crafted knife sheaths, frames, and whiskey trays to name a few. Some projects don't even have names!
One-on-one studio session are tailored to cover exactly the areas you want to cover.
You could be an absolute beginner who wants to learn starting from the basics, or an experienced woodworker looking to fine-tune certain skills, learn a new technique or discuss a special project. These bespoke training sessions can be designed to how you would like to spend your time. Making different joints to form projects, learning how to maintain and sharpen your tools, learning polishing techniques, discuss design and technical details of your projects. The choice is yours.
Studio sessions are normally in 4 hr blocks.
By appointment only.
It all began when I was working on a small project which turned out pretty rubbish. Instead of leaving it be, I decided to learn how to make it better by approaching my secondary school teacher for advice and training.
A trip to Japan opened up my interest in Japanese tools and traditional joinery; spending a short time learning under a Japanese teacher there.
One thing led to another and during a photography assignment to the UK. I decided to take the dive and spent 6 months at the Peter Sefton Furniture School for professional training in fine furniture making. Studio sessions with fine box maker, Andrew Crawford further enhanced my knowledge from the UK.
The most recent training was an internship in Paris; where I learnt traditional marquetry techinques and explored straw marquetry.
Being a commercial photographer for the past decade or so paid my bills and also allowed me to express my creative self in a 2 dimension way.
Woodworking allows me to express creatively in a 3 dimensional way and challenges me to literally think out of the box when designing and creating pieces.
Exhibitions and Residencies
Oct 2019 - Nov 2019
Internship with Eric Lehuédé and Martin Delépine at Atelier Lacroix Marrec, Paris, France
Studio Session with fine box maker, Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK
Sep 2013 - Mar 2014
Professional Training with Peter Sefton and Sean Feeney at the Peter Sefton Furniture School, Worcester, UK
Studio Session with Kuniaki Kishi at Acroge Furniture, Saitama, Japan.
Jan 2013 - Sep 2013
Studio Session with Hou Meng Hsien, Singapore.
May 2019 to Aug 2019
Resident Artist, 'Woodworking unplugged' National Library Board (Orchard Library, Singapore)
Feb 2019 to Mar 2019
Featured bookbinding tools, CANVAS - bookbinding (Jurong Regional Library, Singapore)
MSHU The Showcase, 'When book meets wood' (National Design Centre, Singapore)
MI Casa Su Casa, (Private Gallery, Singapore)