The materials I use for my custom made furniture come from all over the place. The timber palings are delivered to me in trailer loads from people’s homes along the Northern Beaches. It may be free material but I spend hours & hours of my time getting it up to my workshop & preparing it so its in a usable condition. Those of you who have come to collect there items from my home would understand, my driveway is steep! And then to cart them around the garden, up a huge flight of stairs, through the yard & up to the far back corner where my workshop is. It’s a workout! I can only manage to carry 7 palings at a time & I can get up to 20 meter fences delivered to me.
Did i mention my nugget “Chevy” is obsessed with timber like me?! He goes through my scrap bin & makes his own scrap piles, chews then up into little pieces & spreads them all over the backyard. He always makes cleaning up at the end of each day so enjoyable. Who needs expensive doggie toys when you can just chew on timber. No wastage here!
Then the hard part comes, pulling each and every single palings from its bracing. That seems to involve even more strength, & a crow bar.. Without trying to split the timber in frustration I then de-nail each piece. About 4 nails each paling, sometimes more. Then in it goes, stacked on top of one another in the shed ready to be reused.
The rest of the materials such as the hardwood timber or Oregon posts I use for legs on my coffee tables/bench seats come from the people’s homes also.
I’m lucky enough to have my partner who is a carpenter that brings me home amazing old beams, up to 100 years old! How cool is that.
But I’m not always Lucky, there are many times where I’ve had to go hunting for my timber & purchase from recycle yards.
So much history goes into each & every item I make or refurbish and it makes it all that more special.
I would have to say the hardest thing I deal with in my business is the photos. Have you seen my walls?! Tassy oak panels. Yes that orange timber throughout the whole house.
Most of my furniture & decor is made out of recycled timber so to have an orange timber backdrop just doesn’t work! It instantly makes my images dark & unappealing. And the worst part is that we rent… To my dad! We are lucky enough to have the whole downstairs level but he will not let us touch the timber walls. I’ve begged & pleaded to let us paint them white. Imagine that! Beautiful vertical white panel walls. The perfect match to my rustic/beach furniture. “It’s too much upkeep” he says, “that’s expensive timber you want to ruin.”
So my solution has been to cart my furniture to close friends & families homes to photograph my pieces. Or I ask my lovely customers to send me though photos to share. I love anything raw & rustic but unfortunately I can’t have any of that in the house due to the amount of timber on the walls, it just doesn’t work. Oh except in the bedroom!
Makes a difference doesn’t it
But I can also have my other passion! White & distressed furniture. Works well with the walls & certainly helps brighten up the rooms.