In a quiet forest in West Sussex, Andrew Groves AKA Miscellaneous Adventures is reviving the art of whittling.
Some people are built to create – to shape their future with their own two hands. The Working Artisans’ Club is a celebration of that fact.
Over the course of this year, HUCK has met the craftsmen and women who choose to live life the artisanal way. They shape boards, sew suits and build beautiful objects inspired by their passion for the outdoors. And they make life better for us all.
In 1952, with a needle and thread in one hand and eyes firmly on the surf, Jack O’Neill invented the wetsuit, so that he could stay out in the water longer. His simple ambition led to an extraordinary future, both for himself and the surfing world as a whole. The Working Artisan’s Club is the next chapter of that story. It’s about the makers of today, and the future that they’re shaping.
Fifth in our six-part series comes designer-maker Andrew Groves, aka Miscellaneous Adventures, who handcrafts tools for outdoor adventures and now runs workshops in the woods for people who don’t normally attend workshops in the woods. His curious creations – camping utensils like kuksa cups, spoons and toggles as well as patches, pins, prints and more – hint at his knowledge of and affection for nature and traditional woodworking practices. Through his work Andrew hopes to connect with older, disappearing traditions of form and function, natural beauty and human workmanship.
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