Although I continually strive to engage with new materials, wood is where I started and where I have amassed the most experience over the years. However, as I grow professionally, I find myself learning new things every time I engage with this material. This stems not only from the wide variety of different woods, but also from my adoption of new techniques and technologies, and also from comparison with other materials that I have worked with doing other things.

From a craft perspective, learning to work outside the tradition of woodworking serves my craft as a woodworker just as much. As I broaden my horizons, I am always excited to see how this will affect my skills as a woodworker.

Album holder for 5 vinyl records: as anyone who has a meaningful vinyl record will attest, the records we listen to tend to pile up next to the turntable. I wanted to solve this issue from a design perspective, and so I came up with this elegant solution. As most self-serving projects go, I used the leftover materials I found around the shop: sapele wood, birch wood dowels of varying dameters, and leftover cans of spray paint.

Photos: Ohad Kabri
These decorative items are the result of studying the vast variety of cardboard crates that produce is shipped in from the grower to the retailer. Even though these crates have little to no marketable value, they are nevertheless adorned with thought-out graphic design elements. I took inspiration from those while designing these foldable crates for the interior, made of plywood and textile.

Aromatherapy case commissioned as a gift from a man to his wife for her business. The case is made of walnut, using a mix of traditional and digital techniques. It holds several bottles of essential oils of varying sizes, comes with small drawers for paraphernalia, and a mixing bowl. For the leather strap I comissioned the help of Yaki Hudis, a dedicated leatherworker.

Beech butcher block with small circular accents. A gift to myself and to a client, made of the offcuts of laminated sheets of hardwood we used for her products. The accents are also made of beech, but are set in a way that accentuates the variety of colors present in a single type of tree.

A bar mitza present made out of cherry wood, with a 3D printed inlay and 13 walnut splines. This present was comissioned by clients in Australia and sent to its recipient in the United States.

Another chopping board, this time made of sapele and limba, with brass inlays and a dedicated monogram 3D printed in PLA. It was given as a wedding present by my customer to her brother and his newlywed. Please excuse my old business card :)

A stash commissioned by friends for their new home. As their house was already rich in walnut furniture, they wanted something that would fit in its surroundings inconspicuously. Here the case is lined with an olive green felt and adorned with a 3D printed aluminium-PLA fixture set with magnets. The mixing bowl is a casting of an acrylic-gypsum polymer, and to top it all off is a small wooden tray.

Sapele and Limba wood hamsas created for designer Naama Agasi. Naama was one of the first industrial designers I worked with as a budding woodworker and I was honored that she reached out to me to execute her design. The hamsas are decorated with brass ‘manicures’. On the back is a small hole for mounting on the wall.

Assorted bowls: turning wood is a bit of a hobby of mine. I like to use this hobby to explore the marriage of wood with different materials. Here you can see such examples as laminated sheeting, Corian, and colored wax.

Walnut picture frame: an engagement gift. I also took the film photograph.

Some extra bits and bobs: smoking pipes, a chessboard, a clock, a children’s toy, and an experiment in wood veneer and plaster.