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From the left: Martin Bishop-Lindholm with Tormek's Stig Reitan.
We congratulate Martin Bishop-Lindholm from Stockholm who is the first person to receive Tormek’s newly established scholarship award. Martin recently finished his studies in Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design at Capellagården in Sweden, where he also took his final practical exam.
“To receive this scholarship is partly a significant contribution to my future practice of the craft, but it is also satisfying to know that people value what I do. It was very encouraging to receive such recognition. Thank you Tormek!” says Martin.
Håkan Persson, CEO at Tormek, was the one to hand out the award.
“We want to shed light on sharpening and encourage those who aspire to high professional qualifications and we are willing to invest in their woodworking skill. Regardless of whether you are using edge tools in your profession or in your hobby, sharp tools are essential. Dull tools can cause you to lose interest and become an obstacle to your progress. With sharp tools, you will get the inspiration and motivation to create more advanced work.” says Håkan Persson.
Last summer, Martin worked as an assistant on two of the school’s summer courses in woodworking and was then assigned the task to coach the students in tool sharpening.
“With Tormek’s intuitive and precise system, I had no problems to explain or demonstrate the principles of sharpening to the inexperienced participants, despite the confusion of tongues. Tormek has been a part of my education since my first tentative steps and is still my constant companion.” he says.
The piece Martin sent with his scholarship application was the table ”The Silver Duchess” - an interpretation of Carl Malmsten’s (a Swedish furniture designer, architect and educator) sewing table called “The Duchess”. Martin modified the design slightly and also used a different surface material. These kinds of modifications are normally not allowed, but exceptions are sometimes made for educational purposes and if the piece is not sold to a third party.
The table consists of 430 pieces in various shapes and sizes and all the pieces must fit perfectly, which puts great demands on the tools which always must have a perfectly sharp edge.
Martin achieved the beautiful silver grey finish by bathing a veneer of maple in a copperas solution, the same method used when surfacing wooden house facades for a naturally aged look. The copperas solution will continue to integrate with the wood causing the tone of the wood to change over time, something that adds more personality and soul to the piece. The drawers are made of Cherry Wood with intarsias of Grey Maple.
Within a few years, Martin hopes he can make a living out of his handcraft skills in furniture design and small-scale production.
“I hope to have my own cabinetmaking business within three years, but I will not rush it” he says.
The jury’s citation reads:
“We are impressed by Martin’s handcraft skills and aesthetic expression in his interpretation of “The Silver Duchess” by Carl Malmsten. Tormek are proud to have been a part of the process and wish Martin all the best with future projects!”
The scholarship prize is a complete Tormek sharpening system, worth 10.000 Swedish Kronor.
You can find more of Martin’s work here: