Project: reclaimed, recycled timber to hand crafted dining table. Final part 8

From back of car to family home.
The table is now in situ and Therese and Mark are delighted with the result. It’s remarkable to think that the Australian cedar wood in this table – very likely cut from forest along the north coast of New South Wales more than 100 years ago – was recently stair material covered in coats of paint and carpet only metres from where it now continues to exist!
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“We’ve lost touch with the nature of things”

Kevin McLeod, presenter of the Grand Design’s series, says this in one of his recent man made home by the sea episodes. He was considering the types of materials and “things” we choose to surround ourselves with nowadays. It made me think: could we be heading into a world filled with items popped out of 3D printer, fed by packets of carbon from the local supermarket!

Have we lost the touch for natural fibres? The feel of leather, the coolness of steel, the textural properties of wool, paper and wood? It seems to me that machine made materials may have the clean, crisp, ready to apply convenience we see on a screen or a box, but not lasting charm as the years pass by. Like the flat pack modular kitchen that gleams and sparkles from day one: yet looks so tired as it scuffs and peels with use.

If you want furniture that will last and increase with natural charm, something to pass on to the next generation, to have that natural touch, then seek out people with the skills and the knowledge to give you what you deserve. Source locally made now.

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Kangaroo Valley, Australia…of course!

Susan was building a house on her property, a couple of hours south of Sydney, with the intention of sharing this special part of Australia with future paying guests. She wanted to reflect the natural charm of the surrounding tree lined ridges in the kitchen, which at the time was still being built. Flat packed veneer board units just wasn’t going to do it. There was a corner under a window and kitchen appliances such as a fridge and an oven to fit in too.

Looking for stand alone second hand items was proving difficult. Especially ones of the right size and able to have a sink and plumbing alterations and be ready to fit into a building schedule.

I suggested the made to order option using un-planed solid Australian mountain ash. This would give an authentic rustic effect. Two separate units that would come together in situ with drawers and doors and space internally for plumbing and extra storage into the corner. Susan requested that 2 finishes would create a contrast. One a natural clear lacquer and the other a dark teak stain.

I remember the hot day that Susan and her partner came to the workshop and patiently packed and tied the cabinets onto their ute (utility vehicle) for the drive down to Kangaroo Valley. The pictures show the result. If you wish to book a stay at Susan’s property and see for yourself, contact me for her details.

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