My name is Ben and I live in the south west of England in a place called Brockworth in the suburbs of Gloucester. I live with my wife Victoria and our two children Bella and Reuben. I currently work in IT, but the dream is to run my own business creating bespoke wooden furniture with inspiration from early 20th century design movements, mid-century, retro and more modern contemporary design.
I love to create and my favourite material to work with is wood; hence the name Wood-Create. I work with reclaimed materials where possible and love the challenges that come with this. This is my hobby and passion, but currently something I can only do in my very limited free time. With a full time job, two young kids and a wife, I do what I can during the evenings and weekends.
We moved into our current house back in 2014 and since then I’ve worked on a number of projects including under stair drawers, a wood store, refitted kitchen, bathroom sink unit and much more. Second to this I’ve helped family and friends with their projects. Being inspired by the wife who is obsessed with her own blog, I decided to give this writing malarkey a go and share all my wood creations on a website of my own. It’s not just woodwork that I’ll cover in this blog, but also my DIY projects along with the great artists who inspire my creativity.
My blog covers exciting projects I’ve taken on in and around the house and my shop showcases my most recent designs and creations. Having studied interior design and architecture at a degree level many years ago, this love and passion for design is being rediscovered and becoming a big part of life.
I also have a great love of architecture and furniture design. I found a love for design, construction and engineering which has inspired me to create my own designs and experiment with different materials. The greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies Van der Rohe have inspired me to make my own creations which will be showcased within this site.
A lot of my ideas and inspiration also come from Pinterest and instructables.com. Both sites are filled with so many great ideas and innovations – I find myself wanting to attempt everything, which just isn’t possible!
I’ve created this site to share my experiences, ideas and designs with likeminded people and hope you find it useful or inspiring. I welcome any feedback or comments so feel free to drop me a note and share your own experiences with me.
Please note – my wife, Victoria, is a full-time blogger. She writes about family lifestyle, making money online and healthy living on two of her blogs. So you’ll probably find some stories and mentions of me on those! We have also just set up a brand new travel blog to document our family travel and Mazda Bongo camping adventures too! As I have very limited time she will be collaborating with me on blog posts here and there, editing many of my posts, as well as writing some of her own! In fact, I’ll probably just hand control of the blog to her and chip in when I have the time!