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Forrest crafts

Forrest Crafts

We are Erich and Bianca Jamneck. A husband and wife duo who have spend most of our Lives in the hospitality industry. We both started out as rangers and then worked our way up the ranks into management positions which allowed us the opportunity to work in some of the most amazing places south africa has to offer. We have collectively spent 30 years in the hospitality industry and we have pretty much always worked in the outdoors. We both have a passion for nature and the outdoors and both have a love for the natural calmness that nature and big trees bring into peoples lives.

So when the pandemic hit South Africa we were based on a Game Reserve in the eastern cape, but with the damage that the pandemic had on the tourism industry as a whole we were both unfortunately retrenched and this meant that we had to face the reality that we would have to move back home and start a whole new life with our toddler. We had to adapt to life in a big city when we were all very bush wise rather than city smart. So we started looking for jobs in and around the area and we all know what the job market is doing at the moment so it proved to be alot more difficult that we anticipated. So Erich had a few ideas running in his head about what we could do and how we could make some money to take care of our little family but we never really came up with something that we thought was different and would peak peoples intrest, until we had an epiphany one night and we decided that the one thing we both knew was that we have both always had an intrest in woodworking but it was never really more than a hobby as the tourism industry takes up quite a bit of your time but we bough some tools over the years and made some of our own furniture as side projects. So we decided why not see if people would like our ideas and the designs we come up with and turned out people loved them. We are both fans of raw natural wood, but the painted items were something that is completely different and thats what we are about. So we decided that rather than working for someone behind a desk everyday we can still be outside in our little workshop and do something we are both passionate about and enjoy as well.

So Erich is the Handyman/ Woodworker and Makes sure the items are made to the best possibly quality and Bianca is the Creative one who makes sure the designs of the items we craft look great so together we compliment each other nicely.

So people always have to pay an arm and a leg for custom made wood pieces and when we started we decided that we would give people the best quality items we could produce , but make sure it would still stay affordable for everyone. So why buy a really expensive mass produced wood piece when you can support local and buy something for the same price or cheaper made especially for you?

Our plan for the future. We really hope that people love our brand enough that we can keep doing it for many years to come and support our family and still do what we love doing. The joy of it at the moment is that we are able to teach our son some amazing woodworking skills which is a skillset he can take with him for the rest of his life and in the same sense we are both still learning and growing as we go along which to us is the most exciting thing about it and why we love doing what we do now.

Our hope is also that we can show people what a plain and simple raw wood product can become once you have given it the needed TLC it deserves. People are so use to mass produced wood items that all look the same and have all been treated the same that everything thats available now a days all looks the same or is made from the same “boring” wood when there are endless other options to choose from. Woodworking is an ancient technique which has been around for centuries and with good reason. Were just hoping that people see that wood can be so much more than just a boring piece of furniture but instead a beautiful everyday functional art piece for everyone to enjoy.

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