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Miniviews series - No. 6 with Hampson Woods
You've landed on the sixth installment of the Maker Miniviews (mini, two question interviews) series. Learn more about these maker interviews and view a list of all Miniviews.
Jonty Hampson and crew have built Hampson Woods into a recognizable and unique brand, offering well-made products.
Check out this interview with woodworkers, craftsmen, and makers of Hampson Woods.
Hampson Woods is based out of London and we've kept their British American spellings from their responses.
I'm a Maker Because...
Jonty Hampson interview
What inspires you to make things?
"I’m most inspired by nature, particularly woodlands. I was born in the English Lake District and my brother and I spent much of our childhood climbing trees, walking up hills, making treehouses and forts in the woods. I guess I’ve never really grown out of that basic, childlike love of being outdoors.
As time went on, I realised working timber by hand is a simple and honest pleasure, and that the grain of most trees is beautiful in its own right - so my job as a designer/wood-worker fell into place. I take inspiration from nature, and aim to create something well-made and long-lasting; mirroring the elegant, natural and purposeful design of the tree the product was born from."
What one piece of advice would you give to other, budding makers?
"Go with your gut, work hard and enjoy making mistakes. The modern world often tells us to ignore our creative instincts and do what will make money - make the product that will sell the most, change the design or use the materials that will make the best profit, etc. And it can be a compelling argument, difficult to resist.
But there’s nothing quite like creating something truly unique and properly made by hand; and thankfully our all-too disposable culture is starting to recognise that more each day."
"I realised working timber by hand is a simple and honest pleasure, and that the grain of most trees is beautiful in its own right - so my job as a designer/wood-worker fell into place..." — Jonty Hampson, Hampson Woods
The makers behind Hampson Woods obviously connect to their craft on a deeper, organic level - it's heartfelt, genuine, and meaningful to them. They rely on emotions, processes, and instincts.
Well-made and made well.
Thank you all for reading this article, now get out there and make things!