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Osphy Brown works magic with his creative hands

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMShanique Samuels
Osphy Brown makes a fancy divan foot.
Cabinetmaker Osphy Brown displays a door which he made.


Local traditional skills such as furniture making and joinery are becoming obsolete because not many people are interested in learning creative life skills which involve getting their hands dirty.

However, the same is not so true for Osphy Brown, who is a cabinet or furniture maker. He learnt the trade 20 years ago from another professional cabinet maker in Summerfield, Clarendon.

?Mi like di trade enuh, from me a go school me always stop and watch them work. It?s a creative trade and you get to use your brain and mentally create fine works of art from scratch. Sometimes I sit and look back at the level of work done to make a finished product, you can take a rough piece of board and turn it into something nice and beautiful. From time to time, while creating a piece, a design just come to me, so sometimes what I plan to do, I just change my mind and so something else. It?s a creative work of art,? he said.

Brown explained to Rural Xpress that in order to do this job, one must have patience. "In terms of money, you affi have a lot of faith, because if you craven fi money you naago make it in a this trade. Sometimes you get a work and the customers don't have all the money one time because its mostly the poor and middle or working class people give us work because most rich people buy straight from the stores and when anything wrong with it, they call you to repair it," he said, noting that it is a good job overall, but one has to be a naturally creative.

Brown said whenever he gets the jobs, he thinks about it carefully and try to figure out how to approach it. "I always have a different plan for each job."

He makes a variety of furniture items including, divan bases, dresser, chest-of-drawers, closets and night tables. He is also quite versatile in craft items which include vase, ashtray, jewellery boxes and photo frames, most times these are done to order, but he rarely makes them because of the bureaucracy involved in trying to get sale for the goods in the craft market.

Brown also does 'turning' table and chair legs and pedestals.

"The bigger companies are giving small man like me good competition because they import the overseas made goods so people prefer to purchase from them at a cheaper price. But I've examined some of the goods they sell in the stores and they are not neat, they are not finished properly," he told Rural Xpress.

"Finishing is very important, I spend a lot of time on finishing, after putting a piece together, there are several processes it needs to go through, paying keen attention to detail to ensure the finished product is perfect and ready for the market," added Brown.

The cabinet maker is currently enrolled at the HEART Trust National Training Agency in an effort to be certified so he can spread his wings regionally and internationally.