Cobus (rhymes with tour-bus) Swart is a well-respected South African born, New Zealand qualified, carpenter and builder with a career spanning twenty years, and across three different continents. Cobus has built an impressive & stylish portfolio of building, furniture and art, and loves nothing more than being in the workshop. Often seven days a week! He also likes talking, blues music, beer and motorbikes.
Carpenter and Furniture maker
Adi Arad meet Cobus in early 2017 when he moved to Oxford and now shares the aARTvark workshop space in Culham. Adi has his own business in Oxford called Adi Arad Woodworking.
Marketing and Customer Service.
Behind every great carpenter is a behind the scenes organsier to help things run smoothly, and show the world how amazing her husband is!
Harry aARTbark Swart
Supervisor and Quality Control
Rescused from the amazing Many Tears dogs rescue centre in Llanelli, Harry has got a new life as a carpenters dog. He likes wood... but prefers his ball.
The idea behind the aARTvark Collective is about working together with other artists locally and around the world; building & exploring ideas, sharing our art, supporting one another, and just creating unique and beautiful functional ART for the world to see.
We know how difficult it can be trying to start a business, and we think its better to do it together, in whichever way people can feel they can contribute. As we grow, we will be inviting and introducing more artists from around the world who will want their art in an aARTvark Collective. We welcome inquiries, including if you'd just like to come tot he workshop, and get some tips from a craftsman.
If you like this concept, and want to find out more, we'd love to hear from you.