We continue our series of interview, this time with Giles Reginald who is an active contributor at 1001Pallets. Giles started using repurposed wooden pallets for his projects since 2014 and has already sent us some creative pallet works. If you think you deserve to be featured in the next interview, please, drop us an email.
Tell us a little more about you? How did you learn? Since when are you working with pallets?
I am self taught. I started working with pallets in August 2014. I was just sitting around doing nothing, and I was recovering from two back surgeries. I had a basement full of tools, that was just collecting dust. I was on my phone and saw some pallet work, and I said to myself, I can do that. So I called my neighbor to help me get some pallets, and it was on from there. I made a table and three benches. That was just the beginning. I had tools that was still in the boxes, that I didn’t know how to use. This is a real story.
What are your can’t-live-without essentials?
The tools that I can’t live without, would be my chop saw, table saw, planer, router screw gun, my Kraig joiner and my orbital sander.
What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration?
What inspired me was Jesus was a carpenter, and I knew that he was in me and I was in him. So the Bible said ask and I ask that God would in still thoughts same skills in me. See I couldn’t read until I was 28 years old , that’s how I learned how to read, I asked. God was a creator, I see all kinds of things in my head, both day and night. I wake up in the middle night creating and I also go on Pinterest, 1001 pallets.
We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society. Why should people continue to make things by hand?
Making things by hand, give you a pleasure like you never know before, a sense of knowing you did it, it’s something you can leave behind as a legacy.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
Pallets, they can be whatever you can imagining in your mind, if you can see it in your mind you can build it.
What are your tips for people who’d like to start crafting?
My tip for new crafters is, to have a lot of patience, and you would need a whole lot of love for what you do.
What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
My favorite thing to do, is helping people to see the potential and find their creativity.
What do you recommend that most people do in terms of cleaning pallets and prepping them to become something else?
To clean up my pallets I use my planner and table saw.
Thanks Giles for this interview :)