I won't be starting work on any new commissioned pieces until 2019. That said, I'm more than happy to talk to you about your ideas and answer questions you may have about commissioned work.
For those who have already designed the perfect paddle, cane, piece of furniture or something else made from timber in their head, I can work with you to bring your ideas to life. We can talk through timber choice, size, shape, style, inlays, features, finishes etc.
Don’t worry if you like the idea of commissioning a personalised item but haven’t got a particular design in mind. I can help you turn vague preferences into a design you’ll be proud of.
When it comes to timber choice, the availability of rare and unusual timbers varies considerably. There are very few specialist timber suppliers in Sydney, and much of their stock is of course imported from around the world. I do keep a stock of interesting Australian and exotic timber boards which I have specifically chosen for their suitability for paddle making. I don’t tend to keep balsa wood for instance!
The timber options for cane handles are even wider than for paddles as pretty much anything suitable for paddle making will work for cane handles, and it is also easier to source small pieces of rare and unusual timbers suitable for cane handles. I’ll do my best to source any specific timbers to meet your request.
Below are a few examples of my commissioned work.
A matching set of paddle, cane, and earrings in New Guinea Rosewood
A matching paddle, cane, loop, and pendant set in Purpleheart
An Australian Red Cedar paddle with an engraved metal plate embedded in the blade