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About the Craftsman - Wouter Uitzinger

 

I was born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to a family of wood workers. My grandfather practiced his trade in Calitzdorp, building bridges and making stinkwood furniture.

I love the country life especially that of the Eastern Cape’s small Karoo. I have been working in the IT industry for 30 years, initially as a technician, and over the last 20 years as an IT Project Manager and Service delivery Manager, based in Johannesburg.

My family have been committed Anglicans for over 25 years. My wife Karen and my son Christian are Anglican priests. Christian has completed his degree in Psychology, Teaching and Theology. He is currently completing his Honours in Educational Psychology and working as an assistant Chaplain at St John’s College in Johannesburg. Karen is an assistant priest at St Michael and All Angels in Weltervreden Park, Johannesburg. We have two lovely daughters, the eldest Jacqueline, graduated in Brand Management and Communications who is working in London, and our youngest Danielle has completed her degree in Business and Human Resource Management at Monash University, and is currently completing her Honours in Human Resource Management at UJ.

 

Since my primary school days I have had an interest in woodwork. I have designed all my products, either according to my own ideas, or as requested by the client. Final finish and quality are important aspects of my work.

Initially my interest was in small furniture articles, but over the last 10 years my interest has been mainly in woodturning. All my products are custom made according to client requirements. Several types of dark and light woods are available. (See Wood Types).

I am also very involved in furniture repairs and restoration. Often, wear and tear destroys what can be beautiful, well made furniture. Furniture restoration renews furniture and brings out its initial beauty. Have a look at the items under ‘Furniture Repairs’ to give you an idea of what can be achieved through furniture restoration.

It is my wish that all my products and repairs will be special to you and provide value for money. The pictures on the website are by no means the limit of my products. Please contact me with your special request for custom made articles.