East meets West

When we thought about seating arrangements in our shop, we decided that two long benches would be ideal. Bench seating typifies the sort of communal cuddle that a compact space demands. It would also give us a chance to use some beautiful pieces of local oak we'd had our eye on at a lumber yard in Osterøy.

 Man with a van

Man with a van

What we didn't expect, however, is that we'd also stumble upon a little stockpile of reclaimed Merbau at the port in Bergen. Merbau is a tropical hardwood native to Southeast Asia, so we'd been around plenty of it growing up in Malaysia. Finding it in Bergen was like finding a piece of home that had snuck away and followed us across the seas. Late to the party but never to be left behind!

It was a happy coincidence and a great little find, so we did the only thing we could do: combine Norwegian oak and Merbau into a single form, asymmetry marked by perfect parallel lines.

 The end result

The end result

Before Today

We are eagerly counting down to the "After" segment of the Before-and-After equation. For posterity, however, here are some Befores; what our shop looked like before we started work on it.

 Crazy tropical double doors. Gateway to underground tiki themed disco?

Crazy tropical double doors. Gateway to underground tiki themed disco?

 Colours of the wind (and rain, and sleet, and storm)

Colours of the wind (and rain, and sleet, and storm)

 Underbelly

Underbelly

Hello, World!

Not quite Day One, but it's early days in this adventure, so this is our attempt at documenting the voyage.

The snap-click-post ease of Facebook and Instagram make them our go-to channels for regular updates, while these pages are for the days (or topics) that warrant more of a ramble.

Onwards we go!