“Let’s make it local”
“Let’s make it local”
I’m Aaron Moore. A professional furniture maker and designer living and working on the North Coast of Cornwall. I make unique furniture, and other things, from quality materials for clients from my premises. I also have a passion for making tools.
Some time ago I spent many years in East Africa teaching rural artisans how to make the tools they could not afford to buy. When I returned to the UK I realised that the future of design and craft lay in digital technology, so over the last ten years, I have been learning about computer-aided design and manufacture and building digital tools for my own use. I now have a CNC Router, a Laser Cutter, a couple of 3D printers, and an embroidery machine. Most of the things I make in my studio workshop now have a digital element to their construction.
Digital tools allow complicated things to be made accurately and efficiently. Small scale digital manufacturing has the potential to be more environmentally friendly than the current centralised system. Goods can be made locally for local markets using locally available materials which in turn creates more self-reliant communities.
Products can be tailor-made to an individual’s needs at a tiny extra cost and because they are bespoke people acquire a personal attachment to the products, making them less likely to end up in land-fill.
All the timber I use is from sustainable sources, while the plastic I use is recycled. Much of my work is assembled using reusable fixing which allows the pieces to be easily shipped and repaired (by simply ordering new parts) or if necessary, recycled.
The workshop now includes a converted shipping container that is used as both a digital studio for the Maker Space, housing the laser cutter and 3D printer, and also as a show room for some of the things I make. This has been made possible through a grant from the Cultivator project at Kroji, which has helped with buying laptops, materials for fitting out the studio, and some funds for marketing the Maker Space and new training courses.
Don’t hesitate to pop over and visit the studio for a quick chat or tour of the Maker Space and equipment. Come visit us at Maker space, Skinners Bottom, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5DY.
Among the pages of this website you will find a number of designs that are free to download and make where ever you are. I hope they work and are useful to you. I would love to see images of what you make and would be grateful for any credits you give.