Andrew Charlton is the director of AlphaBeta Advisors, a strategy advisory firm with offices in both Singapore and Sydney. Educated at Oxford University, Andrew is a Rhodes Scholar who holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics, and he previously served as the Prime Minister of Australia’s senior economic advisor.

Andrew has authored several books on economics, including “Ozonomics,” as well as “Fair Trade for All,” which he co-authored along with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Though he hardly has much time to spare, Andrew often spends his free time working on various writing projects and has recently developed an interest in creating custom-made frames suitable for archival purposes.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is Woodworking. I enjoy mainly turning, carving and also some furniture making.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My father and grandfather both owned lathes and did beautiful woodwork their whole lives. Dad still creates some amazing pieces such as vases, table legs and toys for grandkids. His work continues to inspire me.

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s a combination of aesthetic and practical skills. It takes an eye for design and involves the physicality of chisels and equipment.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

No. Just on my own.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

My father had two lathes and a great set of equipment so I’ve had the tools available to me since I was a kid.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Dad picks up the wood he uses from the street mainly. He collects the materials after storms, from tree works and knockdowns or just on clean up days. I also follow this practice and it’s amazing the quality of the used wood that comes around from old floorboards, staircases and more.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I would recommend starting with a woodworking book first. I would then suggest finding a mentor or someone experienced in the subject. It was a great benefit to have my father and grandfather share the same hobby.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I’ve written several books about economics and deeply enjoy everything about the writing process.

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