The Last Woodworker’s story

Thanks for visiting my site, I am Willem J Martins.

My woodworking story starts in 1741, when Wilhelm Johannes Martins was born in Brandenburg Germany. He later became a settler in the Cape province of South Africa and contributed to the Cape Dutch architecture identified in this region. European craftsmen developed the Cape Dutch style, inspired by Dutch, German, French, Italian and Indonesian architecture. Traditional European methods were passed down to each new generation and accordingly,  I was apprenticed by my father.

I am a Professional Engineer and enjoy my love of woodworking and interior design. I am the last woodworker in the Martins family.

I am privileged to live in the pretty quaint village of Pinehurst, North Carolina.

P J Martins 1911 - 1996. My father and mentor who apprenticed me.
P J Martins 1911 – 1996. My mentor who apprenticed me.
Figured wood with a hand plane using a special grind on the iron.
Willem J Martins. Figured wood with a hand plane using a special grind on the iron.