About Wooden Apfel
Hi, I’m Clare Holzapfel
My German surname translates as ‘Wooden Apple’ so ‘WoodenApfel’ seemed to be the perfect choice of name, combining the English and German together and also including the material I primarily work with; wood! Wood is such a beautiful, natural material. I love the way that every piece is slightly different. My background is in art and design and I have worked with many different materials over the years but wood is by far my favourite.
My dream job
Whilst raising my two children, my designing and creating took a bit of a backseat but when they entered teenage years and became more independent I found myself with the time to be able to focus on turning what was a very passionate hobby into a full time business.
My business dream was fully realised in 2019. My Gran left me a sum of money when she sadly passed away and I decided to purchase a laser cutter. It was important to me to spend it on something that would be an investment in my family’s future and would also make her proud. I spent the following months learning this new craft. My laser and I became firm friends allowing me to cut and engrave products that were previously outside of my capabilities.
My Worcestershire Workshop
Since then, WoodenApfel Designs has gone from strength to strength. With the support of my wonderful family, friends and fabulous customers, I am lucky enough to spend every day doing a job that I truly love. Each one of my products is carefully designed and put together by me in my Worcestershire workshop. It brings me so much pleasure to think of my designs sitting in people’s homes across the UK. Perhaps my next product will be destined for your house!