Need a new sofa, dining table or shelving for books and other knick knacks? Your first instinct might be to head down to the furniture stores or even shop online for a fuss-free purchase that will arrive at your home within weeks.
In an age where everything is mass-produced, a group of local woodcrafters are out to bring back the appeal of handmade furniture. For them, it’s a labour of love, as they pour their time, heart and soul into creating pieces that can last for decades.
Initially, with no real experience with wood-working, they turned to YouTube videos to pick up the skills, or found craftsmento learn from. With a growing number of consumers appreciating artisanal craft, these woodmakers are encouraged by the response they get.
“There is a craft resurgence in Singapore, where people pay more attention to acquire skills. This would certainly mean more appreciation to the consumption and process behind the product,” says Alvan Koh, founder of Mokko Wood Studio.