My name is Ulli. I grew up in Germany. Whilst I was studying, I developed lower back pain so I bought myself a second hand kneel chair, It helped my back a lot, but what I loved the most was that you can rock on it! I just couldn't sit still while studying and the fact that I was able to move (rock) made an enormous difference to me.
My father was a master carpenter and I followed in his footsteps. However, after working for several years and finishing my masters and wood engineering degree in Germany, I decided to do something totally different.
I went to Hong Kong to work with people in trouble: living with men having drug addiction problems and looked after teenagers who had dropped out of school. I have done this for the last 20 years. We had weekly woodwork workshops with the teenagers and one day I remembered my rocking kneel chair. We designed one and built 10 of them as a project.
In Hong Kong, kids are forced to sit still for long hours at school. This can be torture, especially for boys who love to move around. I have 3 kids, so I built a child size rocking chair for them. They love it!
Working with wood was always an important part of my life, and I am enjoying spending more time doing this again. My dream is to offer an environment where kids with their parents can spend time together, creating things out of wood and being proud of what we achieved with our hands. I look forward to meeting many of you at my workshop.