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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.