Translation : Trinity Chan
Originally Dickson was not a carpenter, he founded “The wasted” after Hong Kong was hit by the most intense typhoon Mangkhut in 2018. Over 55000 trees were wrecked and planned to be sent to landfill. Even he did not know anything about woodworking at that time, he still took this opportunity to start his company, not only to pursue his dream of woodworking, but also to reduce wood waste. So he set up his own studio and started to learn woodwork by watching videos online. Through continuous experimentation and practice, he grew his woodwork skills and went on to produce exquisite pieces.
Changing people's mind about upcycling wood
Dickson thinks that, if he puts a price tag on his pieces, it will just be a product. “What I make is not art, but if I teach you the skills and you make it yourself, it will be an art piece.” He believes that, if people make their own pieces, they will treasure them more. If they spend several hours on making their own furniture, they will know that it’s difficult and probably won’t throw it away when move to a new place.
Increasing the value of wasted wood through Creation
To further enhance public knowledge about local trees and timber, Dickson has also collaborated with some Hong Kong carpenters. The’ve created an event called “ Local tree x Local carpenter”(本地樹木x本地木工). He feels that people have the misconception that the quality of imported furniture is better than the furniture made by Hong Kong carpenters. With this event, he hopes to change this impression, by giving more opportunity for the public to get in touch with Hong Kong carpenters, and the pieces they make. He hopes that it can inspire people to use more local timber and support Hong Kong carpenters.