The Woodmasters – Episode Stijn van Oss

What Stijn van Oss and I have in common is the infectious thirst for adventure. I ‘found’ Stijn on the SALT platform where he facilitates the spoon carving workshops and their festivals. Stijn is a Woodmaster in his own right. Carving cups, scoops and spoons from over 20 different types of wood using his Mora Kniv trade tools. His wood projects are dominantly featured in a massive display in his family living room, among many of his art paintings. Working from his man-cave cabin, it’s every mans (and gals) dream place to chop & chip and make wood art. Stijn lives and breathes wood. And adventures … as he takes corporate’s and groups out into the wild for all-round 24hrs experiences.

As you’ll see in Stijn’s film episode there is a nice mix between the value of wood carving, which he describes as wood yoga, and spending quality time in the great outdoors. As a former pro skier, Bergans of Norway ambassador and all round outdoor guys he know’s his stuff. “The adventure can start straight from your front door.” as he shares his story.

In current times when days seem centered around survival, screen time overload and what feels like staying as far away from human connections as possible. It is also the opportunity start a new conversation… Stijn en I connected straight from the outset and when Stijn reached out to a bunch of his friends to join our film adventure, they all dropped their ‘in house’ obligations to have some playtime outside. I guess we’re all hungry for some real stories around a campfire, a night under the stars and fresh air.

What is THE WOODMASTERS? The Woodmasters (in Dutch ‘De Houtmeesters’) is a personal film project where I collaborate with inspiring creatives who are as passionate about wood as about the artisan craft. Basically creating cool (wooden) things by hand. What’s their process? What drives them? Where do they work? It’s an ongoing short film series which over time will include violin builders, furniture builders, ship carpentry, etc. Stay tuned.

We woke up on the morning of day two in fogged out conditions. June still has some surprises… Although a morning paddle wasn’t part of the original film script, it was an opportunity not to be missed. With the Ally kayak quickly loaded and the camera gear assembled we kicked into gear. These opportunities are the icing on the cake and make an awesome extra’s to the film.

After my 30 years of expat life and international productions it’s also nice to introduce new projects on home turf … The Netherlands. Inviting a fresh perspective of storytelling, new grounds to play on and building a pool of fellow industry professionals to work together with. I’m really enjoying the process of the new but not so new kinda thing.

Our Dutch State Forest Department has wonderful areas and campgrounds which give a real sense of forest experience. For this episode we filmed at the stunning Kuinderbos in Friesland and I’m so much looking forward to explore new places like these.

Enjoy the start of my Woodmaster film series and the value of artisan craftsmanship. Share the links with friends where you see a good fit. And join the movement of more time outdoors.  See you out there.