Wooden utensils, wine cellars, fashion accessories, frames, bookshelves, chandeliers... You name them. When it comes to wood, he can make anything. His gifted hands and unmatched creativity are a recipe for magical creations.
Dushimimana Jules earns a living transforming pieces of wood into marketable products. In 2017, he co-founded Isubyo House of Arts and poured his heart into the start-up. Like any other business, Isubyo is obviously affected by Covid- 19. Despite the recession caused by the pandemic, his resilience keeps him going.
After his high school graduation, he spent some time visiting woodcraft workshops and browsing the web in a bid to gather ideas and find true inspiration. When the plan to start his own business was conceived, he joined hands with three like-minded entrepreneurs. At the end of the day, Isubyo House of Arts was launched. Their workshop is set up in Gisozi while the showroom is in Kacyiru Sector, Gasabo District.
Isubyo means tree trunk. Jules and fellow craftsmen have mastered the art of converting logs into whatever pleases the hearts of their esteemed customers. In doing so, they breath life into dead trees.
In the beginning of 2020, Jules was considering designing a coffee shop in the premises but the outbreak of Covid derailed his plans. When this project is finally implemented, expect to be served your favorite espresso in a wooden cup.
A piece of furniture produced by Isubyo House of Art is refined without losing its tree identity. The element of nature is maintained. When nature meets art, beauty happens. There are many skilled interior designers out there but only a handful of them are in tune with mother nature. Jules is one of them.
Apart from furniture and a wide range of products, Jules designs and sets up unique wooden houses. When it comes to wood, his skill set is off the charts. Wood stimulates his creativity. While having a conversation with him, I noticed that he is still gathering new ideas and seeking deeper inspiration. Who knows what’s next?
The author is currently visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Gasabo District is sponsored by Ikaze Rwanda Tours & Travel, Elimo Real Estate Ltd and Exposure. Follow his awe-inspiring expedition on Twitter @GeoExposure