Tara Wilcox has been getting a workout in recent months on a Spotted Gum gymnasium floor from Urban Salvage. Wilcox crafts a recycled,
industrial-look table from these extra heavy-duty 28mm floor boards - mounted on
light-weight and functional wrought iron legs. I happened upon one of these tables at the local pub last weekend and experienced an odd moment of
deja-vu. Gym floorboards with court-lines randomly re-configured deliver an appealing abstract composition
- while the former use of the timbers remains evident. This design recalls the influential opus of Rosalie Gascoigne. Collages using road works warning signs or Tarax drink crates.
The gymnasium geometric and the vintage feel of recycled timber have inspired other parquetry table designs in this Easey Street, Collingwood atelier. But Wilcox imposes defined limits on the design range
- limits which relate to how well a small workshop functions. I'm taken with the Tasmanian Oak parquetry table with the
raked-edge inlays. There is something about a bevel or a repeated diagonal that again brings Gascoigne's work to mind. It seems full of similar possibilities
- and there's a welcome tension in the fractured nature of the collaged whole. An appropriate design maxim, I'd reckon, from an
ex-rock band drummer turned furniture maker. If it is truly a received design ethic, then it has been renewed, invigorated and given mainstream appeal in
well-crafted tables that would definitely suit a home, an office, a cafe or a pub.
'Two young fellas named Les and Mick
The Tallowwood is a
secret-nailed floorboard with no top-surface holes - and re-sanding might obliterate the
scratchy, marked surface
All up - 150m2 salvaged in good condition.
Unfortunately, the builder had commenced lifting part of the floor before we arrived
- very badly - and inflicted minor damage
These boards have been re-profiled to a wonderful decking board with the damaged edge removed.
You can lay this deck with milled face up
- or with original face upwards for an industrial or salvaged timber look.
No one really knows how true
birds-eye figure in exotic timbers such as sugar maple develops
These epicormic buds are activated after bushfires and form new green shoots to replace the dead branches.
The timber in dressed seasoned board reveals small eddies of brown buds and
Come and inspect sometime soon. New stocks in 20mm thickness of board expected
A secret-nail profiled board with red court lines retained.
Randomly re-laid, they form patterns that have in the past attracted a few urban hipsters to our
I guess they will keep coming now.
Not just Blackbutt but the Blackbutt of the curly fibrous grain, deep tawny-pink variety.
Perennially popular for edge-laminating into bench and table tops.
Stocks of 130 x
42mm and 100 x 42mm expected in stock soon.
It is not a select grade of timber
- this board that has been re-sized from bridge bearers
However, boltholes and the accompanying black carbon staining around them, make for an
Ideal for plank tables, planter boxes and bench seats in outdoor areas.
Like the Spotted Gum, these metre rates for seasoned recycled timber won't hit the
There are not as many boltholes in the box
- but lots of visual interest in the swirling
New stocks of screening batten have arrived after a brief stock shortage in this size.
Tallowwood is a durable species for outdoors and we can supply
set-length orders in 1.5, 1.8, 2.1 and 3.0m