Product of the Month
Each month we choose a special product we have created to showcase on our monthly round-up. Check out the product we chose for this month below.
3-Legged Milking Stool
The milking stool is one of those furniture items that is just so simple, versatile and useful that I feel every house should have at least one of them. No longer used according to its origins, we use ours inside and outside as extra seating, as a side table for coffee, wine or snacks and even as a small table for a dinner plate when our dining table has been taken over by various projects. It is light enough to pick up with one hand and take wherever needed, sturdy enough to hold the weight of an average individual and small enough to not occupy too much space in the home.
Out of the Workshop
May Chit Chat
All on my own with coffee, music and dust…
Tree & Timber of the Month: Macadamia
Macadamias are native to the area we live in and my husbands’ parents established a small orchard about 30 years ago, which still produces plenty of nuts. Although it is known for its nuts, the macadamia tree also has a beautiful timber that ranges in colours and shades of pale to dark pink and brown. The timber also darkens with age. The timber displays a beautiful lacewood-like effect when sawn at the correct angle and is highly decorative when finished well. It is, however, also very prone to splitting and borers (as are most fruit and nut trees). As a result of this, I have only had the pleasure of working with smaller pieces of timber that I have used for making accessories.
From Wikipedia: It is a genus of four species of trees and constitutes part of the plant family Proteaceae. Other names by which it is known is: Queensland nut, bush nut, maroochi nut, bauple nut, and Hawaii nut. In Australian Aboriginal language the fruit is known as bauble, gyndi, jyndilli and boombera.
At the start of this woodworking journey, I was having quite a few struggles with getting my branding and website sorted. Unfortunately I had initially employed someone from the ‘Big Smoke’ to assist me with this but at the end of that contract I still didn’t have a proper brandboard with colours, fonts, mood etc and my website was really difficult to maintain with lots of glitches. Another woodworker at our local woodworking group told me about a local graphic designer that had helped them with their website and branding and that is how I got onto Jen Mulligan. She has basically done everything again for me, from scratch. It was (and still is) so good to have her artistic and design input in the process as well having the freedom to make changes where I wanted them – all at a very reasonable price. Not only is her quality of work fantastic, but she has been so easy to work with. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing to develop and maintain their brand and website.