Hi! I’m Abid
My journey with woodworking started when I was 15 years old, with 3 tools gifted to me by my uncle. From that moment, I was hooked!
I found working with wood therapeutic – the perfect outlet for my creative, inquisitive mind. I spent most of my teenage years tinkering around with wood and tools, teaching myself how to work with this versatile, organic medium.
I prefer working with solid woods – the interesting grain patterns, organic shapes that are often formed due to natural cracks in the wood, knots and holes found naturally in pieces of wood often serve as the springboard for my bespoke designs. Instead of hiding the flaws in the wood, I believe in highlighting them and making them a thing of beauty.
After all, as the poet and musician Leonard Cohen said:
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
I started teaching because its a natural extension of who I am – my main job isn’t woodworking – it’s tennis. I’ve been teaching tennis since over 25 years and run my own tennis academy. Woodworking has been a lifelong passion, and teaching comes naturally to me.
I wanted to reach out to others who, like me, were keen to make things with their hands and did not know where to start. I also wanted to help more people to enjoy and learn woodworking and DIY, and to increase the DIY culture among the next generation.
My teaching methodology is different from most other teachers – at least in India. I prefer to conduct one-on-one sessions, so that I can give my undivided attention to my students, and allow them to learn at their own pace. I also like to focus on hand tools and traditional techniques that have withstood the test of time.