We have a good story behind us that led to our business in Singapore.
In 2013, Till made a few trips to Singapore to meet up with people in the design, interior and carpentry trade. As much as there is keen interest in his very specialised carpentry & joinery skills, there was no one particular place we felt was a true fit for him. Nevertheless, we are very appreciative of the warm responses and time offered to us. Mindful of obstacles and challenges before us, we took the decision to forge ahead with our little startup. We named it “+49 Woodcraft” because of Till’s background and our goals.
One of the first things we did was to immerse ourselves into the local “hardware” scene, something foreign to the both of us. We scouted for makers’ spaces and checked out numerous hardware stores & raw materials suppliers across the island. We were thrilled by our finds, discovering treasure troves with a wealth of tools and materials. What made the treasure hunting even better was how helpful the shops’ “tow kays” are. As the jigsaw pieces slowly fall into place, we decided to stress-test the available resources making our first product, a coffee table.
Just what can we build here at a Singaporean makerspace, given the lack of good commercial machinery that Till is used to? What are the available resources around here? Home-Fix provided us with a comfortable “lab” to work from while others offered supportive roles. We are both grateful to have so many wonderful, creative and helpful people around us. That definitely makes starting +49, a concoction of fun, doused with both pleasure, coupled with uncertainties, topped with hope.
We believe timing is everything.
On 9th June 2014, the day we completed our first "Made-in-Singapore" coffee table, the Straits Times did a coverage about us and so did the Business Times a month later.
This marked our first milestone. We have our eyes set on our second!
Photo Credit: Matthias Ho, published in The Straits Times on 9 June 2014.