We caught up with Clint from Timber Anew to ask him about his DIY experience!

Where are you from?
Suffolk, England, UK

When did you start DIYing?
My Dad and Mum have always been making things as long as I can remember and my two older brothers followed suit so it was only natural for me to do it too! I only really specialized in woodworking when I was about 28 and that’s when it clicked that that’s what I wanted to do with my life.

What is your DIY motto?
My DIY Motto, hmm, well I guess I don’t really have one but my YouTube homepage reads “Simple tools, recycled materials, woodworking for all”. I believe that anyone can get involved in making and its always worth giving it a go, you never know what it will bring out in you.

Is DIYing your full time job?
Woodworking is my full time job and though its been a struggle it is improving day by day. I lost my previous job due to the company I worked for being shut down and so decided to go for it.

How do you find inspiration for what to DIY?
I get my inspiration from old magazines and other makers as well as just looking at a problem and trying to figure out a way to fix it.

What’s a project that stands out in your head and why?
A project that stands out in my head is my pallet wood stool. I wanted a stool to sit on in my shed or in the garden when whittling wood and I love to try and push the boundaries of pallet wood. It took a long time to get it to the right shape and fit the legs and involved a few very hot summer days in the shed! It was a labour of love.

What is your worst DIY fail?
My worst DIY fail was a plant stand I made when I first started woodworking. I wanted it to be rustic and used lots of branches and things for it fresh from being cut down. I didn’t take into account the shrinkage that happens as wood dries and within a few weeks the shelf fell apart and took the plant pots with it. Luckily the plants survived.

What do you like to do when you aren’t DIYing?
When I’m not DIYing I love to be outside, walking, gardening. I’m a big fan of barbecues and love being with my family and friends. Not much of a drinker anymore!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
Only about 5 years ago I had no interest in being a maker of any kind, I was trying to get a job as a person who evaluated energy efficiency in homes. I failed many interviews and here I am now!

If you are giving advice to a new DIYer what would it be?
My advice to a new DIYer would be to buy books, read, watch videos and then try a simple project. After that project try a harder one, each time adding a little something that’s out of your comfort zone. Its that added difficulty and uncertainty that not only makes your projects exciting for you but also teaches you more rapidly. If you fail, do it again and always try to smile while you work! (even after cursing over a mistake!)

 

Clint from Timber Anew is such an inspiration to the Hometalk community! Be sure to check out his Hometalk projects here.

For more, visit his blog here!