Craft Rider

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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.

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