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Working as a tight knit unit, Ricky, Honey and Camilla make up the small team
at Wood That Works. Each bring their own diverse set of skills which makes the workshop such a unique place to learn.
Honey worked as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist for 15 years in a primary school serving some of London’s poorest and most disadvantaged children.
Observing that not all children thrive and reach their full potential in a heavily academic school setting, Honey looked for alternative creative and practical learning opportunities for the children she worked with, which lead to a collaboration with Ricky and the discovery of just how liberating and transformative working with real tools and wood could be.
Energised by the accomplishments of the work with children, Honey developed the women’s empowerment programme to challenge outdated societal norms by teaching women carpentry.
Camilla is a graphic designer of 26 year. She started her working life in the music industry as a creative and in latter years set up as a freelancer.
She has an excellent eye for detail. Her style is contemporary, minimalist and bold, however, when it comes to helping our students design and bring their ideas to life, she is unimposing, respecting individual style and creativity.
Her ability to listen, make creative suggestions and always select the right type of wood for the project, even complex projects feel easier to do.
Originally trained as a toy maker, Ricky found his passion for teaching 15 years ago when he hired a tiny 8ft by 8ft workspace in Highgate Newtown Community Centre to make toys. However, soon he discovered himself making the time to teach young children wood work skills.
Many of the children he taught were not doing so well in the traditional school setting, something Ricky personally related to, but they appeared to thrive when learning to work with wood.
Now, with 15 years under his belt, there’s no surprises as to what a bit of wood can do for someone’s confidence. Ricky is incredibly skilled at passing on his woodwork knowledge to people of any age and ability and he always does so with an abundance of patience and good humour.
We are a community interest company because we passionately believe that everyone can benefit from working with wood. We work hard to ensure we are financially self-supporting.
We raise some funds through making and selling hand crafted objects in local shops, seasonal fairs and through our online shop. We also rely on the generous support of the public and our sponsors and every penny we receive is put back into the company to help maintain operating costs and fund free workshop sessions for children and adults.
Information on how to donate and support us are here.
To join one of our workshops take a look through our weekly timetable.
And, all our schemes and clubs to find a time and atmosphere that suits your needs.