The Un-Ordinary Woodshop Walter . Molly . Eva-Marie . Auguste
We are an un-ordinary wood shop, building things to enliven practical tasks at home. All are products must be beautiful, novel, and useful. We try to use the least amount of fasteners possible (sometime none at all). In place of nails we use traditional joinery such as sliding dovetails. For preservation, we do utilize a high quality exterior paint when needed, but we would rather use linseed oil and/or Shou Sugi Ban (burning away of the soft wood, reducing rot and termites). Everything is made by hand in the shop. For the garden... We make raised beds, garden boxes, bird houses, compost bins and shrines.
For the kids... We make maypoles and fort-boards.
History along with observational data have shown that nature is used for many of our spiritual, emotional and psychological maladies and now we have contemporary studies validating what we’ve all known. We have all felt the outdoors’ soothing effect at some time or another. When we go camping or on long hikes or maybe just around the corner at the city park, we “feel” more calm and even happier. It might be the beauty of nature or the freedom or it might just being disconnected from the screen, but whatever the reason, we feel better. My Natural Playce wants people to have that ability to feel better closer to home. We believe Nature and Beauty can be a remedy for many of our ills.
At the end of the day we have to really believe in the power of nature and the destructive power of the screen and after that our creativity and imagination will begin its work.
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