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Jop van Driel

Jop van Driel Carpenter
Dutch, English
By appointment only
+31 642204563
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Stairway to heaven

  • • Jop uses wood to fulfil his clients' wishes
  • • He followed his father into making staircases
  • • He finds inspiration for his sculptures in water, fire and smoke

Jop Van Driel specialises in tailor made wooden staircases and sculptures. As a child, he spent most of his free time in the workshop of his father, who was a renowned Dutch craftsman specialising in wooden staircases. There, Jop learned the basics of his craft, and later they started working together in the workshop, where they developed further techniques to achieve better results in their work. “I grew up in a village, but I wanted to see the world and meet interesting people,” says Jop. “One day somebody told me ‘When you become the best in your craft, you will meet kings and princes, and they will ask you all around the world to do your thing.’ That was an eye opener for me! From that moment on I wanted to become the best in my craft.”

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Uilenborg (owls)

This French oak staircase was designed for a private estate called Uilenborgh. Uil is the Dutch word for owl, which inspired the staircase. The newel posts have been finished with hand carved owls and the staircase takes the shape of an owl swooping down.

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Stairs with horse

These wooden handmade stairs were designed for someone with a great passion for horses. The stairs are in French oak and the newel post with hand carved horse at the bottom of the railing was shaped from American walnut.

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Stairs with falcons

These stairs were designed for an estate surrounded by water. The hand shaped and carved falcons on top of the banisters were created according to the design of those on the Titanic.

Split staircase

This split staircase was completely handmade from mutenye and wenge wood. The newel posts and balusters were hand turned and hand carved.

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