An Interview with Hugo’s Workshop

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Photography by Stone Photos www.stonephotos.co.uk

Probably the first question I get asked is ‘Who is Hugo?’!

Perhaps it’s because most people assume that anything to do with woodwork and carpentry takes place in a dusty old workshop by a man in scruffy overalls with a pencil tucked behind his ear.

The reality couldn’t be further than the truth!

Hugo is actually the name of my eldest little boy. The whole business idea started when I was at home with him on maternity leave. Like lots of mums, I found myself wondering if I wanted to go back to my nine to five job in the office and was starting to think about how I could make it happen. I was a bit sceptical, I mean, a lot of people want to make a living working from home but you need to have a really fantastic idea, and you need to make something that’s a little bit different, something that people will really love.

We love your beautiful creations Rebecca, tell us a bit about the artist behind them.

I’m a 36 year old mother of two boys. I’m originally from London but now I live in Maidenhead, Berkshire. I love running and listening to heavy metal!

Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?

I was always creative at school, I particularly enjoyed art and drama but when I left school I just went into a series of normal jobs and my creative side was neglected. It wasn’t until my husband came home from a trade show one day with an engraving machine that I rediscovered my enjoyment of making things!

What is it that you enjoy most about your work?

I love getting feedback from my customers. They love giving and receiving things that I have made. I like to think that I am making people happy with my work.

Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?

In the past year I have won three awards! The most recent being a #WOW Award from Jacqueline Gold CBE. This is what Jacqueline Gold CBE said about me:

Rebecca’s determination to perfect the work/mum balance (and the unusual gift of a wood-carving machine) lead to the creation of her business , proving that you can be a hard-working mum both at home and at work – even if both are in the same place! I wish Rebecca every success in the future.”

Other than crafting what else do you like to do?

I love running (even though I’m not very fast). It is great exercise and really helps me clear my head.

If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?

My favourite creations are my engraved solid oak medal display boards. They are pretty unique and are always well received by my customers. They were even featured in Women’s Running Magazine which was so exciting for me as it is one of my most favourite publications!

What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?

Don’t undervalue yourself. Think of all the hours you are putting into one piece and make sure that you charge enough.

If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?

I would like another couple of hours in the working day please so I don’t need to work at night!

What do you think has helped your business the most?

Social Media!! I wouldn’t have half the business I do without Facebook! It has been invaluable to me for marketing purposes.

Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?

It’s going to have to be my husband. Firstly he started me off on this journey by bringing the engraving machine home! He supports me by picking up the slack around the house when I am working late nights and long hours to fulfil orders at my busy times (i.e Christmas!). He listens to me going on and on about my latest product ideas and marketing plans – I find I tend to talk about my work almost all the time!

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

Last year I ran a half marathon dressed as a banana to raise money for Tommy’s the baby charity.

How would our readers find you?

www.hugosworkshop.co.uk

www.facebook.com/hugosworkshop

www.instagram.com/hugosworkshop

www.pinterest.co.uk/hugosworkshop

Look out for Rebecca’s Interview in our next Magazine.


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