Wynand Potgieter, Timber Frame Draftsperson, on Fashion and African Treasures
Wynand joined the crew in 2019, and was a much-valued timber framer who decided recently to trade a pair of worn out knees and a lifetime of hands-on building experience for a desk job. We’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
The coolest thing I ever designed and built: a suspension bridge over the Talek river in Kenya in 1988. The airfield was on one side of the river and the safari lodge I ran was on the other, and we needed to get the tourists across. The footbridge was 100 feet long and about 13 feet off the water. It lasted for 20 years until a flood took it out.
One thing I find overrated is: clothing.
I don’t buy: clothing.
The most exotic thing in my home: some old Maasi tribal gourds, used to carry milk and blood (a food for Maasi herders). They’re partially covered with hide and have some bead work on them.
Wearing a suit every day would: drive me up the wall.