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This Malaysian Couple Holds Woodworking Workshops For You To Hammer Your Stress Away

ADIAIDA also custom-makes beautiful furniture pieces.

Cover image via ADIAIDA (Provided to SAYS) & Joni Lynne (Provided to SAYS)

I recently took part in a woodworking workshop where I got to learn the basics of building my own little wooden rack from scratch – and it was heaps of fun!

Malaysian couple Shafril Hadi (Adi) and Aida Ihsani (Aida) run a carpentry business called ADIAIDA.

They also hold several workshops for anyone who wants to learn a new activity, bond with friends and family, or just meet new people.

Our session began with Adi explaining some basics in woodworking. All materials were provided for us, including pre-cut pieces for our wooden racks.

We were also each given our own set of tools to use throughout the session and our own large workstations.

Our tools were laid out nicely below our tables in the order we were using them. The details!

Image via Tamara Jayne/SAYS

Then, we got right to it: measuring, drilling, hammering, and sanding each wooden piece

My mum in her element.

Image via Tamara Jayne/SAYS
Image via SAYS

When we were done, the next step was to assemble the pieces together

Aida and Adi were really patient and thorough. Plus, they guided us every step of the way, so you don't feel left behind at any point.

The room was comfortable enough for us to practise physical distancing and there was proper air ventilation throughout our session.

Although we had the option to take the racks back home and paint it, we decided to polish them at the studio.

The results were these beautiful wooden racks that we can use for plants, spices, or anything else really!

Here we are looking happy behind our masks with our masterpieces:

Aside from running workshops, ADIAIDA also custom-makes beautiful furniture, such as kitchen islands, TV credenzas, and sideboards

If you're interested in building something of your own, they hold:
- Women's woodworking workshops
- Couples workshops (partners, friends, and family members can pair up)
- Minimakermy Kids Woodworking for children between five and 10 years old 

They also conduct one-on-one woodworking sessions with kids and teenagers with autism.

One of their couples workshops in February.

Image via Ihsan Ihsani (Provided to SAYS)

Each intro session costs RM250. All materials and tools are provided.

The session covers the basics of woodworking. However, after you've completed that, you can also join their Level Up sessions to learn to build more complex items.

Their classes are conducted at their studio in Ara Damansara. When there is a session open, there'll be a link on their Instagram bio. 

Here's a look at some other beautiful wooden pieces participants have made during their workshops:

Aida shares that they are coming up with home organisation and storage solutions for their woodworking workshops in 2021.

Below is a 'Cat Tree' that they will also be teaching at their Level Up session next year:

Level Up session in 2021.

Image via ADIAIDA (Provided to SAYS)

To book a session or to find out more, check out their Instagram!

Here are other fun activities that you can do in Klang Valley:

If you're running out of ideas on how to entertain kids at home, here are some easy art and craft ideas: