The fun part of being a designer-maker: prototyping. This is a test of the jig and cold laminating hardwood. Timber is amazing in what it can do, here thin strips are glued together and clamped in a jig to form a curved piece that is part of a new design. Experience building ships and boats helps when playing with bending timber. We are lucky to have clients that support this project; after the original request we sent drawings and they liked the design so now we’re making up a prototype. This first test is a proof of concept. All good so far, we’ll incorporate the learning from this process and adjust the design, there are usually some changes once you get to full scale—drawings and 3D modelling is only the beginning of the resolution and rendering of the idea into the real world.