I was fortunate to have had a very dedicated Practical Skills teacher during my high school years in Nylstroom, Mr Amies Ahmer. He instilled in me a passion for woodworking and the hobby became a fulltime job in 2001 as Novel Idea CC started operating in Randburg.
We started out doing small renovation projects and subcontracted to a child hood friend by the name of Jaco Venter who was, at that stage, doing bespoke cabinetry and shop fitting for large retail vehicle showrooms. I learned a lot from Jaco and in 2004 started operating on my own.
In 2005 I joined workshop with a senior qualified cabinetmaker called Philip Naude and worked with Oom Phil untill April 2016.
We developed Novel Idea through word of mouth references and only got our first business cards in 2012. The love for cooking and entertaining friends in my kitchens all through my life, became a personal motto: “I want to build you a practical kuir kitchen that also looks beautiful.”
In 2014, through bookkeeping errors, the CC was dissolved and WYN ROOD Pty Ltd was established. We continue to trade as Novel Idea.
In 2015 we started a process of relocating out of the city and in April of 2016 we moved to Robertson in the Western Cape. We set up shop on a small holding 2.5 km out of town on the De Hoop road.
Joined us in 2005 as a junior cabinet builder. Through trial and error he became an expert spray painter. He is most certainly my right hand man. He is now a fully fledged cabinet cutter and builder and is also a key performer on site installations.
Came to work for us in 2014 and with a friendly and eager to learn nature has developed into a very good left hand man. He specializes in finishing and will always be one of the last guys on site, cleaning and making certain the site is left in a satisfactory condition. He is also the tool loader and logistics guy.
Started work in June 2016 as a trainee.
My wife of 30 years, is our Office manager responsible for administrative duties and the design department.