In short: Snekkeren is the Norwegian for ‘the carpenter’. I intend to produce quality wooden products, at an affordable price – if a little less perfectly beautiful than a cabinet maker would produce! I think my products have a unique and maybe rustic look, while being robust and long lasting.
Find out more about my processes below (I hope to add a bit about everything eventually!):
The longer version:
What is this Snekkeren thing, anyway?
‘Snekkeren’ is a Norwegian word meaning ‘the carpenter’, and that’s a pretty simple explanation of what I do – make stuff with wood! The Norwegian connection is simply a family love of the country – and I lived there for 2 years!
Who is this ‘I’ you speak of?
Sorry, how rude of me – I am Rohan: carpenter, with an engineering background, working out of my shed – eco-worrier [sic] – trying to save the world one repurposed piano at a time!
*ahem* I’ve been working with wood since I could hold a piece of sandpaper. I produce quality, handmade, wooden items in a shed in my back garden – with the goal of being a more affordable way of getting some quality wooden furnishings. While I started out woodworking in my dad’s workshop, I spent around 10 years or so working in/towards engineering, but have returned to wood – partly cause it smells so much better!
New products are currently on hold while I sort out my new house/workshop, having sold up with grand plans which have been somewhat stymied by the plague.
Starting out as a form of therapy, I quickly realised that I could make things that people might actually pay for! I make a wide and ever increasing range of products from mirror frames to coasters to an electric guitar. I am happy to personalise pre-made products (feel free to buy it in store and get in touch about adding something) or make products to fir your requirements – just take a card and get in touch.
Sustainability is important to me: my wood is largely reclaimed either from my house and shed after various DIY projects, old pianos that I have lovingly hacked up*, old pallets, etc. I also head down to the excellent Bristol Wood Recycling Project when I need something specific.
*The pianos were deemed beyond salvage by a local music shop, I should add!
When not up to his ears in sawdust in the workshop, Rohan can be found at various open mic nights and even ‘proper’ gigs performing either solo or in the (largely acoustic) folk-metal band The Troll Hunters.