From military discipline to artistic freedom
The story of Abdalla Al Oudat is one about a moral dilemma and deciding between what kind of person you want to be and who you should be.
Abdalla says, “When I was a little boy, I used to go out and look for wood to experiment with for sculpting it into different shapes such as flowers and snakes. When I joined the Jordanian Armed Forces, I put my dreams and hobbies aside to do what is considered an honorable valuable career, serving and protecting my country.”
After serving in the Armed Forces for 21 years, Abdalla rejoined the civilian world. Re-entering his old world felt like a new beginning. He struggled to readjust to this new life and found the best way to cope was to do what he used to love: carving wood.
Abdalla says, “I am not a carpenter, but I am taking my hobby seriously and I want to create pieces that suit different tastes. Hearing people’s opinions gives me motivation, but creating functional and beautiful items is the greatest motivation of all time. Wood and I have a special connection and it is my honor to share it with you, Souq Fann.