I first recognised the potential for turning salvaged timber into beautiful unique furniture when living in Northern New South Wales. Whilst wandering in the hills with a baby in a backpack I found the crowns of felled trees left behind by historic logging and logs in piles of flood debris in creek bends. Having need for bookshelves I found a willing neighbor with a mill, milled them into boards and, albeit roughly, achieved my end.
When I first moved to Brisbane in the mid-90s I managed to intercept the old Gloucester street rail bridge on its way to landfill. The bridge was made almost entirely of narrow leafed ironbark, a durable hardwood with often exquisite figuring when processed into furniture. These early experiences set me on my current path.
My aim is to make long-lasting well designed pieces of furniture that can be passed down through generations.
The recycled timbers I use are native and endemic to south east Queensland
Recycling timber benefits our environment – reducing landfill and avoiding the need to use new unsustainable resources.
Any non-salvaged materials, such as ply, are sourced from sustainable plantations
I work with timbers that often contain nails and indication of previous purpose. I’ve developed unique processes to achieve a fine finish but also retain the character and history of the wood.