Made Here on Earth is a unique coworkshop space in Bangkok complete with carpentry tools and machines for wood and leather craftsmanship. A regular visitor is Nara Ketsusingha, secretary general of the Thailand Equestrian Federation, who has been attending classes and workshops since the placed first opened about a year ago.
It all began when he and his fiancée were making preparations for their marriage. “Regular wedding invitations made out of paper just end up in the trash,” he says. “I wanted to include a personal touch, something hand-made, an original gimmick for the wedding.” So he decided to make his own out of wood with the added touch of hot stamped leather, invitations that could double as drink coasters. They are one of his proudest creations to date. Since then Made Here on Earth has become a second home and a source of calm amidst chaos. “If I am in Bangkok and I have free time, I will come here after work,” he says. “It’s my way of relaxing. It also helps to improve my concentration and focus, which is important as an equestrian.”
Nara has been a rider since the age of 10 and is passionate about the sport. Thus it comes as no surprise when he proudly shows us what he’s been working on—a hand-made wooden bootjack for removing riding boots. His creative ambitions go further too. “I really want to make a big wooden trunk for all kinds of horse riding equipment: tack, saddles, helmets you name it,” he says.