I’m Josca Craig- Smith, I like old stuff- particularly bicycles and boats, stuff that looks old, or just simple, solid technical stuff that works well.
I dislike seeing good objects and materials thrown away or lying around in yards or warehouses, when I can see some un-realised potential within them. Much of what i create is made from recycled timber: from Auckland’s historic villa renovations, from offcuts, or from discarded antique furniture.
As a craftsperson with abilities in many materials and paradigms, I can make various small- scale, one- off solutions to custom fit your required function. Small furniture, bicycle restoration and customization, shelves, wooden boat repairs, community craft workshops, pet furniture, traditional English coracle building, and my own unique designed Victorian era sailing canoe are all examples of my scope.
I try to build with a sense of the thing having good bones, and what you see on the surface reflects honestly what it is made from. Where possible, I prefer to use materials that retain or gain aesthetic character as the thing is used, worn, weathered and scratched. Leather, oiled timber, raw metal.