It is time to honour our Australian rulers

My partner, Claire Pickard, was inspired to imagine a giant ruler with metric graduations for Australian children. She realised that imported items with imperial measurements made no sense for school age kids. Made from 100% Australian plantation timber, we both believe and hope that they will be treasured, appreciated and valued into the future,

Below is a roll call of the people who have received our rulers so far. We thank them all.
Nicci….Dulwich Hill, Sydney
Alison…Canberra
Andrea and Rudi….Hurlstone Park
Tonya and Peder…Dulwich Hill, Sydney
Beth….North Coast New South Wales
Ella…..Roleystone, Western Australia
Michael…Caulfield North, Victoria
Clint….Bronte, Sydney
Jon….Colloroy Heights, Sydney
Anne….The Gap, Queensland
Vanessa…Warriewood, Sydney
Bill…Menai, Sydney
Andrew…Cammaray, Sydney
Linda…Frenchs Forest, Sydney
Scott…Bondi, Sydney
Andrew…Attic Living, Sydney

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Where can I stick my sub-woofer?..

That’s what Teifion said to me. He and Larah were looking for an all in one entertainment unit to go along a large wall and fit television and sound requirements. They’d seen models of wall units in Sydney – made using laser cut medium density fibre board (mdf) – but weren’t aware that the same could be made using a mix of Australian 100% sustainable plantation solid timber and veneer board. And at a reasonable price.

Once measurements were taken and format decided, drawings were supplied and Teifion and Larah then got to choose the colour of the paint to suit the interior of their room. They also searched and found very special handles: I’ve written before how I really appreciate this as it adds true individuality to an item.

Teifion got somewhere to stick his sub-woofer and with everything set up the family can now sit back and relax.

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A bathroom vanity cabinet made out of wood

Hillary wanted a replacement bathroom vanity cabinet for her Victorian era terrace house in Enmore, Sydney and she didn’t want a plastic coated, toxic chemical emitting version commonly offered by the usual outlets.

An Australian 100% sustainable plantation timber was chosen and measurements to suit the position in the upstairs bathroom were taken.

The pictures below show the cabinet almost completed and also just installed and plumbing done. Hillary intends to make do until she herself can fit some decorative ceramic tiles for a personal touch and after wall and floor issues dealt with, fit the large timber framed bevelled glass mirror on the wall above, also made by woodwoodwoodwood (not pictured).

See for yourself a solid timber vanity that will age gracefully, feel good to the touch and be what she wanted: something to fit and compliment other original pieces in her bathroom.

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Get your Australian metric wooden growth chart rulers here!

Ella is “pure heroine”. I got a surprise when she contacted me several weeks ago. She had searched online for a metric version of a large ruler to give as a gift for her nephew.

Now the fact that she lived in Perth, Western Australia, shouldn’t have been a problem, but most of the freight companies declined because of the dimensions and those that didn’t, wanted a fee that was more than the actual item.

So I searched and found a service that was reasonably priced. Well let’s just say, eventually it got there. But only after numerous phone calls and Ella herself driving to pick it up.

The good news is that I’ve been informed about a company that has a proven record moving large items for reasonable cost across Australia. See website for further details.

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Coogee, Sydney: Art Deco apartment renovation.

A familiar sight in Sydney are rectangular dark red apartment blocks built in the early to middle 20th century. The blocks were constituted of four or six “flats” arranged two per floor and accessed by stairs through a front or side ground entranceway. .My clients, Jane and Chris, were lucky to have one of these flats. Theirs was at the top and to the rear facing east with middle distant views of the ocean.

Wishing to renovate the area around the front door and adjacent bathroom, they discussed with me their ideas to improve storage for linen and general items and their wish for a solid timber vanity cabinet with separate mirrored top cabinet to fit between an exterior wall and yet to be built internal wall.

All items were custom made in sustainable plantation Australian hoop pine. The 2 section storage cabinet alongside and above the inner entrance doorway was painted after installation by the client to blend into the space and walls. The vanity cabinet was finished in clear lacquer at the work shop. The real timber effect creates a warm natural feature amongst the surrounding painted surfaces.

The client chose the “sea shell” knobs for the bathroom suite. They correspond with the red colour on the Art Deco wall ornaments. And also with the chrome bathroom fittings such as the taps and the window fastener. This provides that extra detail and personal touch that makes a really, truly satisfyingly result.

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A vanity for every situation

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In Sydney, with housing stock including apartments and units having variable living space dimensions, I am being told by people that there is a constant need to “tailor” functional, practical items to fit. Vanity cabinets are a good example. Often displayed in standard uniform dimensions in showrooms across the city, the look and feel can disappoint and usually does.

I believe that for contemporary bathrooms now being built, it is forgotten that timber as a material can provide an underlying texture. Even when painted, the subtle grain and imperfections soften the overall effect and are an improvement on “plasticated” chip or fibre board materials, usually constituted using production glues and finished with polymers.

The pictures demonstrate the use of the North American Shaker style: one of the most subtle and traditional “world” styles. As you can see, it easily compliments the selection of materials by my client Carrie. Note the white knobs chosen too. A nice touch.

The first picture is of a larger bathroom tiled with handsome stone and the second pic shows eye catching black and white tiles. There is a third even smaller bathroom, or specifically shower room. See images below.

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