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Miniviews series - No. 30 with Alexandra Climent
You’ve landed on the thirtieth installment of the Maker Miniviews (mini, two question interviews) series. Learn more about these maker interviews and view a list of all Miniviews.
Alexandra Climent, of Sustainably Sliced is a woodworker and maker who’s making pieces primarily made of exotic and rare woods sustainably imported from the jungles of Central and South America.
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Alexandra Climent interview
What inspires you to keep making things?
"I would say the number one thing that inspires me to keep making things is the satisfaction I get when I see a finished piece. The wood I work with has journeyed so far to get to my shop, and is also so difficult to work with...so seeing a piece finally come together is inspiring and makes all the difficulty worth it."
What one piece of advice would you give to other, budding woodworkers?
"I would tell other woodworkers who are just starting out to stay confident and know it takes much patience and time to learn. In the beginning I worked in a shop with a lot of guys who had years of experience with woodworking and it was very intimidating. Many people want to tell you how to do things, it’s important to take it at your own pace."
From custom furniture and tables made of these exotic woods to kitchen bowls and on through to custom art creations, Alexandra truly is making unique woodworking pieces. There is a lot to the sourcing process and ensuring that things are being done sustainably and I encourage you to read into those processes on her website.
Discover My City: New York with Alexandra Climent by Woolrich and filmmaker John Jaxheimer:
Discover My City is a short video series featuring creative professionals like Alexandra, sharing their process, inspiration, and some favorite locations in their cities.
"Many people want to tell you how to do things, it’s important to take it at your own pace..." — Alexandra Climent
Thank you all for reading this article, now get out there and make things!