Happy New Year wonderful customers. Thank you for all of your support in 2023. Due to unprecedented demand at my only other outlet, the Nelson Market, some stock levels are getting very low so there may be small delays while I get your orders finalised (In other words while I run out to the shed to make your beautiful items ! ). As always if you have any questions or need any help, just drop me a line - I always love to hear from my customers : )

About us

About me


Hi my name is Nigel and I live with my wife Julie in the sunny Tasman District, just out of Mapua, NZ. In a previous life I was a corporate slave to the insurance industry, a job which I endured for 28 years. In 2015, I finally found the courage to quit the white collar life and blew up my bridges so there was no way back.

The Business: 

Although I had no woodworking experience I knew what I wanted to do and I created Wood u Like, a small home based business where I could design and and make useful things out of New Zealand's beautiful timber resources.

 My products:

From the outset my focus was on sustainability, waste minimisation and recycling. In terms of products I wanted to make useful items that were also unique, durable, ergonomic, and beautiful to behold. It was a steep learning curve!  

Progress to date: 

Seven years on and I am now comfortable calling myself a woodworker ! During these years I have practised my craft and developed a very large range of products which I have sold through my only outlet, the famous Nelson Market.  The range has expanded from wooden spoons and stirrers, to include items such as cheese boards, nutcrackers, pens, bottle openers, salad servers - the list goes on ! 

The Future:  

I love being a one man business and hand making wood products for a living. I can't make large quantities of them because I only have one set of hands, but I hope that you will take the time to have a look at what I make, ask me any questions you have (I am also the marketing department!) and hopefully purchase some items for you or your friends.