Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Cas­san­dra Briedis For de­tails, go to: hand­krafted.com

FRED Kimel has al­ways ad­mired tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship and high qual­ity wood­work.

Hav­ing re­stored a few vin­tage pieces him­self, he dis­cov­ered a way to turn his pas­sion into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

In 2013, he founded Hand­krafted, an on­line mar­ket­place that con­nects cus­tomers with tal­ented crafts­peo­ple and ar­ti­sans to com­mis­sion and make be­spoke fur­ni­ture.

“It can range from ev­ery­day items such as ta­bles to unique and per­sonal pieces in­clud­ing a book­case in the shape of the Tardis,” he said.

Peo­ple look­ing for cus­tom-made tim­ber prod­ucts sim­ply post a brief de­scrib­ing their project, which is then matched to a se­lec­tion of suit­able mak­ers.

“We cur­rently have around 200 reg­is­tered wood­work­ers,” he said.

“It’s dif­fi­cult for the av­er­age per­son to know where to find th­ese skilled crafts­peo­ple. Many of them don’t have web­sites.”

Mr Kimel said Hand­krafted also aimed to re­duce the amount of dis­carded prod­ucts that can’t be re­cy­cled or reused.

“We seem to be more fo­cused on cost than qual­ity and it frus­trates me that so much of what is made barely lasts a few years,” he said.

“This is fur­ni­ture that is made for life.”

While some cus­tomers have a spe­cific de­sign in mind, oth­ers pre­fer to col­lab­o­rate on an idea with the maker.

“You can have ex­actly what you want, right down to the last de­tail,” he said.

“Choose some­one who is ex­cited by your project and un­der­stands the out­come you are try­ing to achieve.”


Founder of Hand­krafted, Fred Kimel.

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