1. How did you first get introduced to crafts?
I’ve always loved craft and had such great respect for anyone who makes and creates crafty items. At craft fairs it is always me that holds up everyone else in the group while I chat to the people on the stalls about what they have made. My wife Karen, or Mrs M, is very crafty too. She’s into the classic decoupage, upcycling old boxes and furniture. She also makes her own jewellery and I sometimes help her run the stalls at craft fairs..
2. What have been your highlights so far on Hochanda?
We have a very talented pool of guests, so there is always something so creative going on in the studio, so honestly, every day is highlight. I’ve also had the good fortune to have tried several crafts for the first time ever. It’s pleasantly surprising to discover that to be a good crafter you don’t necessarily have to be artistic, you just need to be imaginative and creative. We all have our own imagination and creativity – therefore we can all craft!
Also, this is going to sound really silly, but I’ve been a viewer of shopping TV for well over a decade now, it was a real pleasure to meet and work with Tim Evans recently. I remember watching him on TV demonstrating the V-Slicer back in about 2003. I hope I will be working with him a lot more during my time at Hochanda.
3. What are you looking forward to next with Hochanda?
I am looking forward to learning much more about both wood working and wood turning. Getting creative in the kitchen is a big thing for me too, so I get excited whenever we feature a new cooking item or gadget. Also, I know it’s not very manly to admit this, but I’m looking forward to buying my first sewing machine. Mrs M and I both agree that every home needs one!
4. If there was one other craft that you would like to try what would it be?
I really enjoyed pottery when I was at school, so I hope there’s a chance to do that soon!