Mildura Weekly : Friday April 25 2014 Vol 8 No 25
www.milduraweekly.com.au 8 Mildura Weekly – 25/04/14 SIX men walk into a work- shop. It could be the first line from a good joke, but it’s not. Instead, it’s the start of the story about a ‘band of merry men’ drawn together by their passion for woodwork. And an odd bunch they are. A tool store owner, a re- tired civil engineer, a farmer, a fitter and turner, a retired horticulturalist, and a prac- tising orthodontist. But, de- spite their obvious differenc- es, the six have been meeting weekly for two and a half days for the past six months to labour together. They are quick to point out that their’s is a labour of love. A project that has transformed lengths of raw, rough-milled jarrah timber into half a dozen exquisite pieces of classically-styled furniture. At first glance, the six low, sideboard-type pieces appear identical, but the devil is in the detail. The differences be- come readily apparent once you are talked through each piece by Timber Tools ‘n’ Ma- chinery’s Richard Baker – the tool store owner of the group who hosted the construction of the furniture at his Etiwan- da Avenue store. First, Richard drew my at- tention to the subtle colour variations amongst the six pieces, telling me that the hue of jarrah timber can vary markedly. “Jarrah is a unique Aus- tralian hardwood, and re- nowned for its versatility,” he says. “Its durability and strength make it an ideal tim- ber for a range of structural and design applications.” It has been used, he tells me, to build wharves and piers, bridges, as railway sleepers, numerous types of poles and pylons. It was also used, Richard tells me, as ballast in the con- vict ships returning to Eng- land where it was put to good use, including being used as ‘cobblestones’ to line streets. Some of those ‘cobblestone’ streets remain today. Jarrah construction ap- plications include general house framing, flooring, lin- ings, joinery and fencing. But it is Jarrah’s decorative qualities that make it prized for furniture, turnery, joinery and parquetry. And that is why it was chosen by the Mildura group as their timber of choice for this project. • Continued Page 12 It has been been a true labour of love. Six men spent six months transforming rough hewn jarrah timber from Western Australia into half a dozen exquisite pieces of heirloom furniture, ready to be handed down from generation to generation. And now they are preparing to do it all again... These merry men are part of the furniture By Grant Maynard firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY People Grant Maynard FRIDAY People • WORKING IN WOOD: The ‘jolly jarrah joiners’ group comprises, left to right, John Tyack, Russell Shallard, Howard Clay, Allan Coveney, Glen Burnell and Richard Baker. OPEN ANZAC DAY 9am - 2pm (Just off the Calder Hwy, Across from Gordon Agencies) Sunraysia’s one stop shop for all birds, accessories, cages, seed, nest boxes and more. GIFTS FOR ALL OCCASION’S A variety of hand raised birds available. NOW STOCKING LAYER PELLETS FOR CHOOKS. It’s worth the drive to Irymple Birds Giftware & F. 5027 6241 E. email@example.com www.frankstockmanplumbing.com.au VIC & NSW LIC. NO. 32486 CALL NOW 0419 276 220 FREE QUOTES EXCAVATION HIRE PENSIONER DISCOUNTS DID YOU KNOW Frank Stockman Plumbing provides the following services? Leaking Taps? Blocked Drains? New Hot Water Service? Gas Heater Installation? Septic Tank Installation? Grey Water System Installation? Sewer/Storm Water Problems? New Roof and/or Guttering? Bathroom Renovations? Kitchen Renovations? Building a new home? Rainwater Tank installation? Air-conditioner Service? Excavation Hire? Sky Lights?
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