Rafie Chua is the founder and creator behind custom furniture studio, Plane and Bevel. In a fast paced consumerism society that demands for cheap and the good, he left banking and dived into this sunset industry of woodworking. He has since created a sustainable business.
- The woodworking scene in Singapore
- Machinery and wood working technique
- Lessons learnt from traveling around the globe
- Difference that separate a hobbyist and professional
- Schools of thoughts in woodworking
If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to built the Little Free Library (thank you!).
If you have only got 2 mins to spare, here’s a short snippet on (Why he Choose to Leave his Banking Job to be a Wood Worker).
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Scroll down for the link and show notes…
Rafie helped to build the Little Free Library [03:10]
Carpenter vs Wood Worker [06:20]
Rafie’s journey before Plane and Bevel [09:16]
Friends’ and parents’ reaction toward Rafie’s career switch [13:41]
What made Rafie quit his white collar job [16:34]
How did Rafie finance Plane and Bevel [17:43]
Advice when working with a partner [21:10]
What would Rafie like to see in young carpenters [25:25]
Rafie’s proudest project [27:23]
Plane and Bevel furniture design process [28:53]
Why Rafie chose to go to Japan to learn woodworking [34:33]
Advice for young wood workers in Singapore [39:03]
Rafie’s favourite tools [43:33]
Mindset of a hobbyist and a profession [45:42]
The underlying passion of woodworking [49:09]
Why is woodworking culture missing in Singapore? [52:59]
Woodworker in the region [55:28]
Rafie’s solo traveling experiences [58:25]
What did Rafie learn from travelling? [1:01:14]