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, a professional UK lifestyle blogger and our two children Bella and Reuben. We have four chickens (Erica, Butterfly, Chick-Chick and Nuggets) and four fish (Bella, Isabella, Grassy and Mike). There was a fifth fish called Football Team, but he ‘went on holiday’ or so our five year old believes. It was a four year old Bella who named the fish and we each chose a name for the chickens! I currently work in IT, but the dream is to own my own business creating retro inspired wooden furniture from scratch.
I love to create and my favourite material to work with is wood; hence the name Wood-Create. 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 demanding (but loving) 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.
I consider myself an amateur DIYer and work as I like to work. If you’re reading this please don’t take this as professional advice. If you’re attempting your own projects beyond your own skill level, it might be worth asking for professional assistance. I’m self-taught to a certain degree, learning from YouTube, friends and speaking to trades men in the business.
I also have a great love of architecture and furniture design. Having studied interior architecture at university 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 and ideas 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 family lifestyle, money and healthy blogger who already runs two blogs and as I have very limited time she will be collaborating with me on blog posts here, editing many of my posts, as well as writing some of her own!)