"Jesper Makes is really just a guy who found himself in a Corona lockdown and thought, 'I need to come up with something to do’," smiles Jesper Kjærgaard. He is the man behind the YouTube channel Jesper Makes, where he has been "playing around with wood" since the spring of 2020.
The pastime activity has now become a livelihood for Jesper, whose channel is approaching 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. "I didn't see it coming, but that's how it turned out," he notes.
People from around the world watch and cheer when Jesper walks around his farm in Denmark, transforming old pallets and the neighbour’s fallen logs into stylish, artistic furniture.
Things do not always go quite as planned, but that is part of the channel's charm. "When you're not an expert and just dive into it, things sometimes go wrong, but that doesn't necessarily make the videos less entertaining,” he says.
Jesper does not come from a design or crafting background, but his courage and creativity have inspired people around the world to start creating things in wood themselves.
"I can tell from some of the comments that people are also inspired on a deeper level to try new things and think new thoughts,” notes Jesper, who after three years with pallets as the primary material is more than ready to try something new: He has discovered high-quality WISA plywood, which he now looks forward to exploring further.