Betül: Hello Miha! Can you tell us about yourself first? And when did you start to make these amazing products? How did you decide?
Miha: My name is Miha Debeljak, I’m 29 years old and I live in our beautifull little country called Slovenia.
I’ve started making these about a year and a half ago, later in 2015 when I luckily stumbled upon resin in my local woodworking shop. I had no idea what resin was at that time, but I thought it would be fun to try.
The decision to quit my job and pursue my happiness came over night. I realized that I want to accomplish something for myself, by making stuff I love doing.
I have had a strong passion for arts for long as i can remember and this whole amazing experience started not that long ago, when I felt a strong need to express my creativity. With no money, a small garage and only my hands to work with, I decided I wanted to learn how to work with wood. I first started making simple things like basic furniture and decor for my empty apartment. However I soon found myself spending more time working on my garage projects then I did on anything else. I figured out that creating stuff with my bare hands is something I would like to do for the rest of my life. I decided to make a huge leap of faith, I quit my job (which involved sitting behind a computer for 10 hours a day) and started figuring out how to make something more out of my hobby…Long story short: Here I am now, trying to follow my dreams by making things I love most.
Betül: Inspiring story! When I look at your works, i see that there are too much details. And they definitely look stunning. Can you tell us a little bit about how you create them? And how long does it take to create one of them?
Miha: The process of making these begins with cutting carefully selected wood to size and combining it with resin in custom made molds. The piece then has to be hand shaped into its final shape and finally, polished to a high shine. Each piece takes a couple of hours to make and is made over a time span of at least 3 days.
Betül: Is there anything special you do for your customers before shipping your products?
Miha: I beleive that it is very important that small shops do not lose their personal touch. Which is why I always include a handwritten thank you card in my packages. All of the items also come in a lovely gift box, but if time allows me I also gift wrap them.
Betül: Thank you for the valuable information you gave us and for accepting my interview request.
You can buy his fabulous artworks from his Etsy Shop.
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