Nick is a truly remarkable individual who creates awesome tools and stunning masterpieces with wood. But that’s not the most amazing thing about Nick. Being a craftsman with one hand, his very first build was a game controller that allowed him to play video games with a controller designed for two-handed people. What a unique and inspiring entry into the world of woodworking.
Nick also makes some of the most incredible infill hand planes. I recently purchased an infill block plane from him and love it!
Favorite project: “My favorite project is my 21-inch infill jointing plane. This project thoroughly tested my limits as a craftsman. Most of the components were cut out by hand with my trusty hacksaw. The lever cap is bronze, and the body is made of mild steel infilled with Katalox.”
Nick’s pro-tip: “The best advice I can give if you are looking to improve your work is to share it with others and engage with communities. We can connect with one another unlike any other point in history. Almost every person I have met in maker communities are genuine and kind and they can share tacit knowledge that far surpasses the baseline. Engage with others, lift others up, and allow others to be critical when it's constructive.”
Make sure to follow Nick on Instagram @bent.rivers and check out his stuff.