While I am definitely still a ‘maker in the making’, being a part of the Waitaki Meet the Maker studio tour is such a great opportunity to share the story behind Ayke and WhatNot. I am excited to share with visitors the design process behind the pieces, how I am learning the craft of woodworking from my dad and what inspires the curation of the furniture and decor pieces in the collections.
This event will also mark the first time the Ayke and WhatNot Studio will be open to the public. This space has been years in the making (mostly in the planning stage!), and it has been great to see it come into reality.
The building was most recently a backyard bar and definitely needed a good clean and some fresh paint to infuse a new lease of life into the space. Before being a place to be social during a game of darts, the structure was once the playhouse of the school on the property. We tried to retain as much of the original structure as possible, while updating and fixing up a few elements along the way!
It has definitely been a labour of love, and a fun project to work on with the family. Learning new skills along the way has been a gift in itself, and we look forward to opening the doors on Saturday 14 November 2020 to show the final product to those visitors who are taking part in the Waitaki Meet the Maker studio tour.
After this date, the Ayke & WhatNot Studio will be open by appointment only or during special events, so if you are in the area and want to say hello, please contact us ahead of your intended visit and we will be happy to schedule in a time to show you around.