Blackhorse Workshop plays host to a variety of members, from full time professionals to hobbyists, many of which are familiar faces. One of our Saturday regulars, David Applewhaite, enjoys taking time out from the 9 to 5 and coming to the workshop to unwind and get creative.
David has been using the workshop for the past six months, where he has been working on an unusual and unique project inspired by the ostentatious tastes of Marie Antoinette, a luxury bed for a pampered pooch!
How did you find Blackhorse Workshop?
I found Blackhorse Workshop by an internet search. I was looking for woodworking courses that satisfied certain conditions:
1. Fit around my 9-5
2. I can work on my own projects
3. In London
4. Reasonable cost
Blackhorse fitted the bill perfectly!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m making pet beds, for cats & small dogs! Think Marie Antoinette – that sort of thing and you have the idea. A slightly unusual project, but it’s been buzzing around inside my head every since I saw a few of them in Vogue magazine many many moons ago. I eventually popped over to France, to see them for myself. They are very, very aristocratic. What I’m making is my ‘take’ on that theme, but exclusive to everyone – hee-hee.
All fingers & toes are crossed that all goes well, I’m not an experienced cabinet maker.
What do you as a day job?
I’m currently an IT Trainer for a large NHS Trust in central London. The Trust has just rolled out a huge IT system. This means working long days & nights supporting clinical and non-clinical staff, as they get use to their new record keeping IT system. Historically, I’ve been – amongst other things – a junior land surveyor and a quantity surveyor – happy days and slightly less challenging than training adults IT systems – lol.
What is the best thing about Blackhorse Workshop?
Blackhorse has the right community spirit and the folks here are willing to help, offer advice & support. It’s also having access to machines, my own bench space and it opens on Saturdays. With safety first, the Workshop allows me to run my own madcap proof-of-concept projects, pretty much hassle free, which suits me just fine.