Craft: Assembly Team - Natalina

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Natalina is part of the general assembly team at the De La Espada factory. Her work involves marrying the individual parts and sub-assemblies to create the final timber forms before they are sent to the sanding team. This includes finessing joinery details and component profiles, as well as connecting wood joinery and hardware. She also performs precise hand-adjustments which are particularly demanding on drawers and doors where shadow gaps must be uniform throughout. Natalina enjoys the variety her job offers: with every piece made-to-order, her specific tasks differ daily. When she’s not working, she tends her own plot of land where she grows lettuce, cabbage and fruit. She is quick to share the harvest with her neighbours who happily offer their own crops in return.

Photo credit: Carlos Teixeira