Founded by master craftsman Cobus Swart in 2018, the aARTvark Collective is becoming one of the most respected  furniture and carpentry companies in Oxfordshire.

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Cobus Swart

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. 

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Adi Arad

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.

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Kate Swart

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! 

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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.

 

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Web design

Meg Hanlon

Photography

Testimonials


“When it came to looking for someone to help construct a few projects on our house, there are a choice of trades people willing to do the job, but Aartvark Collective help create your vision. Their strong creativity and open minded attitude was a breathe of fresh air, and gave us the opportunity to achieve something that was bespoke and personal to our build. Their communication during the project was fantastic too and was key to making everything flow well, be on budget and planned timings were met. We will always use Aartvark collective for any future projects. They are hard working, extremley skilled and fantastic value”.
— Marie and Vincent Jenkins
“Cobus showed real craftsmanship when building the roof on our brick-wall conservatory. His work is quick but precise, thorough and with an eye for detail. He takes pride in delivering quality work. He even showed his artistic side by adding decorative details to the woodwork! He also designed and landscaped our garden and put down decking. We would (and have) definitely recommended him to anyone looking for an honest, hard-working and high-quality carpenter and builder.”
— Jan and Helen Macmullen
“Cobus has worked on various carpentry jobs around my home in Greece and I have always been very impressed with his work. The new kitchen I had installed is wonderful, and the recent deck he has built in my back garden is of top quality. I found the work to be top quality, and excellent value. I am very pleased to know the aARTvark Collective, and I wish them the very best future in Oxford. Highly recommended.”
— William Gething-Lewis

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.


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