Coat rack factory

Our coat rack sales have been growing over the last three years; they’ve now become our leading product. So I spend a lot of time hammering pegs into their deep and close fitting sockets. Heaps strong even without the glue.

Small detail — the grain on the pegs is always vertical which is the strongest axis in timber… these things are important to us! (you have time to reflect doing this kind of work!)

Surprisingly the repetition is OK due to the direct relationship we have with customers: I’m making a useful thing that someone needs, this is a very real connection and not a production-line nightmare where the maker is disassociated from the customer, (along with being de-skilled, exploited, etc…).

Although they are simple we are proud of our coat rack and pleased more and more are going out into the world.

Turning a darning mushroom

We are getting so many orders for darning mushrooms at the moment I’m having to work this fast.

Some pieces of wood are stunning when you machine them, this wavy-grained sugar gum is just burnished on the lathe with no waxes or oil finishes, keeping it dry and smooth to run a needle over (sugar gum is a nice hardness for this). The considered curve of the top is so you can slightly tension fabric so the darning stitches don’t pull the hole together.

Get your toes inside your socks, it’s a good feeling!