About

I have been mucking about in the wood shop since I was old enough to sneak into my dad’s garage. In those days, I was a skinny kid with a bad haircut. My hair grew longer as I grew older, and then fell out. I am not so skinny anymore and have long since had my own workshop. What has always remained though is my love for making and fixing things. I love to restore old furniture and try my hand at making my own stuff. 

In a world of cheap mass production of everything, its nice to own something that is different. Something unique. Something that tells a story. And that is what this project is about. I try to find the spirit and story in every piece I make or restore. 

I love to restore and renovate old pieces of furniture. I can either work with you to source the ideal piece, or renovate your existing piece. I will give advice and guidance on the finish and work to be done to ensure that you are satisfied with the outcome, and that you end up with something that will last a long time. Take a wander through my blog pieces and gallery to get an idea of the sort of work that I do.

I also enjoy building  new things, especially tables, lamps and cabinetry. These are all bespoke pieces and normally made from solid woods like Oak, Kiaat and Blackwood, or scraps and reclaimed woods and materials like wine barrels and sleeper wood. 

Please feel free to drop me an email on greg@ownthestory.co.za to chat.

I hope you get as much enjoyment from owning these pieces  as I do creating and restoring them.

Greg