making space

Earlier in February, a good friend Joanne asked if I wanted to have a small space in a quaint retail store, called The 3rd Space run by Petra Church.

Naturally I said Yes!

I brought down what I had been working on so far, coupled with beautiful wildflowers picked out by the lovely Jac from The Bloom Room to set up shop!

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After hemming and hawing, arranging and rearranging for a while, things started taking shape.

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I guess the traditional part of me still prefers the tangible experience one can have in a physical store. Being able to pick up items, to feel their weight in your hands, to observe the grain and form of each object…these were things an online store lacked. Who knows though, maybe in the future, things would be different. But for now, Everyday Canoe has a real life shop space! :)

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Joanne also asked if I could do a little write-up that would be on the wall, sharing with visitors about what and why I was doing this.

So if you’re wondering why I started all this, I invite you to read on:

Honestly sometimes I struggle with questions like “Why?”

Having to justify a dream is kind of a downer because my answers usually turn on me with me being “idealistic”, “too free” and “arty-farty”.

Well I’d love to fart art if I could…

…But it’s really about giving it a go, not asking “Why” but “Why not?” and I just really felt like it was time to do something I enjoyed and let the process be that of a gradual discovery instead of a mad sprint. 

So that said write-up went like this:

"Everyday Canoe started with a love for God & a love for crafting in wood. 

Drawn to the tactile warmth wood brings into any space, I began a slow and steady process of exploring what I could do to create objects, that could tell a story that speaks to people when they bring it home. Nothing fancy, just handmade and heartfelt.

Wooden offcuts in teak. walnut and other varieties, once deemed no longer useful because of their odd shapes and sizes, are made into something precious and functional again. Being handmade also makes each one distinct with its own character.

To me, my journey of faith has been somewhat akin to my journey in woodcraft. Working in a material that can be resistant at times forces me to slow down, be patient and realise that it’s going to take a lifetime of love and learning. Yet when I pause, I notice how rewarding and joyous the process has been.

I hope that these objects find their way into new homes (like yours) and serve as daily reminders to take a moment, give thanks for the little blessings we have, for the food we enjoy, for people we are blessed with in our lives, for a God that loves us so.”