Andy Collier in real life, greenspree was a take on an old nickname and also a kind of motto for what I want to accomplish with my life. I have worked in construction, architecture and the civil service most of my adult life with 7 years as a contract administrator for an architectural firm. It was there that I became interested in environmentally friendly design and alternative energy. It was also where I met my future wife and learned that we both shared a deep unshakable respect and love of the natural world and it’s rhythms.
When we married, and even before hand, we decided that waste, pollution and consumption were going to be kept as far from our lives as possible. This shaped our decisions on where to live, what kind of house to build, what kind of car to drive, what and how to eat and what our future goals were to be.
Since building our straw bale home I have developed a keen interest in making things, especially wooden kitchen ware such as spoons and bowls; knives, sheaths and knife handles; and leather goods. I make most of my products by hand using traditional tools such as the axe, knife, hammer, anvil, pole lathe, draw knife and spoke shave. Most of the wooden products I make show tool marks which I would sand out but have chosen to leave evident, adding character and having a terrific hand and mouth feel compared to a sanded finish.