BY DAY, Belinda van Tholen is a travel agent.
On nights and weekends, she is one of a growing band of Tasmanians dedicating themselves to making and selling their craft wares.
The Riverside woman has found success since she first started using her father's laser cutter to make jewellery from Tasmanian timbers four months ago, picking up seven stockists throughout the state.
Ms van Tholen said it had been a steep learning curve since she first started A Bug's Leaf jewellery in June.
``I'd never used a laser cutter before, though I had seen my dad do it, but it was an intense process,'' Ms van Tholen said.
``Every design is done using a computer program - so I don't have to draw, which is great - and it's a different way to be creative.
``The computer program then speaks to the laser machine, which cuts the design I want on the prepared timber.''
Ms van Tholen said she used celery-top pine, Huon pine, myrtle and leatherwood timbers to create her line of earrings, brooches and hair pieces.
``From a fashion perspective, people love wearing jewellery from Tasmanian timber, but it also taps into tourism as well,'' she said.