As Technology Overloads Our Environments, Handcrafted Design Has Emerged to Offset It

The Artisan’s Perspective

By day, Chris Currie, LEED AP BD+C, is a project designer with Lake | Flato Architects’ San Antonio office. But after a long workday sitting at a computer, he has fully embraced the handcrafted trend during off hours by carving wooden spoons by hand as a hobby.

After a long workday sitting at a computer, Chris Currie, LEED AP BD+C, project designer with Lake | Flato Architects’ San Antonio office, has fully embraced the handcrafted trend by carving wooden spoons by hand as a hobby. PHOTO: Chris Currie

After a long workday sitting at a computer, Chris Currie, LEED AP BD+C, project designer with Lake | Flato Architects’ San Antonio office, has fully embraced the handcrafted trend by carving wooden spoons by hand as a hobby. PHOTO: Chris Currie

“It can be a lot if you just look at the screen all day and then go home and play on your phone and then go to bed,” he explains. “But for me, personally, it’s just a good thing to take a break” and to work with his hands, he says.

In fact, Currie says he doesn’t use any power tools when carving his wooden spoons. Instead, he relies on specialty knife blades and chisels to create his designs, a process he admits does take some time. But to him, it’s worth the effort.

“They do take a little while to make, but it’s a nice release from staring at a screen all day and, in the end, it’s pretty rewarding when it’s finished,” he notes. “It’s hard to speak for anyone else, but it is really satisfying [to me] to make something with your hands and spend a little time with it and look at it more as an activity or hobby that is relaxing.”

To view more of Currie’s creations, check out his Instagram account.

About the Author

Robert Nieminen
Robert Nieminen is a freelance writer; the former editor of Interiors & Sources magazine; and retrofit’s editor at large, specializing in interiors. Under his direction, Interiors & Sources was the recipient of several publishing awards, as well as a pioneer of sustainability reporting.

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