Monday, November 16, 2015

Artist Open House Freo!

What a great turn out for AOH 2015! If you aren't already familiar with AOH - it is an event where art is shown and sold in private homes in Fremantle, WA. 

We loved being a part of the event and the collective of WA artisans by having our furniture in the fully 'styled house' where everything was for purchase - created by stylist Jo Carmichael.

It was very busy and sometimes shoulder to shoulder, but we managed a few quick pics...

In the house we had; Yui Cabinet, Elk Bench Seat, Ply Boxes, Long Board Servers (serving boards and our Big Chopper (chopping board).

Some of the artists seen displaying work include ceramists Stephane Hammil and Pilar Rojas and the hanging baskets and pot plant holders by Leaf.








Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Japanese Flavour

This job combined three great things for me 1. Japanese inspired woodwork 2. Walnut and 3. Food. Well the food comes later, but it's the promise of exquisite food displayed on these little boards that creates the full experience of unique Nobu Japanese dining, where presentation is king.
Every board was a well considered and crafted piece and we were delighted to be a part of the project.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

GROWTH RINGS

My children really love the workshop. Maybe it’s the sense of activity, even when it’s quiet and still, there is tangible evidence of creation, materials to explore, mess to be made, wood scraps to be moved around, brooms to build sawdust castles and forklifts to be sat in...or maybe it’s just the trusty cookie jar in the staff kitchen. Whatever it is, I love that they have this exposure to a craftspersons life.

As a kid I was fascinated by my grandfather’s and father’s woodwork sheds. I spent a lot of time hanging out in there exploring hand tools, nailing and gluing bits together - I built my first go-cart, cricket bat and skateboard there. Between my grandfather and father I was taught the foundations and joy of woodworking - I still use inherited tools from grandad every day at the workshop.

I’m told Grandad and I shared many common traits such as our sense of humour, love of wood, playing guitar and also our ‘short finger’. When I was 24 I had an accident with the circular saw that left me with half a left pointer finger. Mum said grandad would be turning in his grave as it was the same age he lost his left pointer on the same tool. Years later I was given a guitar that grandad had made, inside the case was a home-made ‘finger extension’ from a bit of waterpipe. It fit me perfectly.

Now with my own children, I am re-living these joys as I watch my 4 year old delight in building, gluing and creating in the shed. He is a natural with the hand tools and it freaks my wife out to step in and see him using a hand saw - very well...supervised of course.

Image below shows some of Grandad's tools I inherited.




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A FINE MODEL

One of the fun parts of designing new furniture, is making models of them, especially in stunning French Oak. We are looking forward to seeing this one come to life!


Monday, February 2, 2015

GET HOOKED

We made these hooks for our front entrance as part of trying to get organised for start of school. We love the simplicity and honesty of the materials of pine and formply for the shelving.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Follow Me

Have you found us on Instagram yet at rawedgefurniture? We have finally began embracing the medium to share daily inspirations, wood loving moments and workshop happenings. It is a nice reminder for us at raw edge furniture to stop for small moments and capture the bits and pieces of our day that make us feel lucky to be in the industry of making and creating. 


Monday, April 28, 2014

The Long Board Server

Our Long Board Server has been really popular and we love it too!
Perfect for putting out a spread of cheeses, crackers and fruits. It has just the right balance of sleek and earth.
This one shown was custom crafted for a special mate for his 40th. Made from Tasmanian Blackwood.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Say Something Constructive


Has anyone else been noticing the increasing popularity of Black Formply lately? It is sneaking out of its concrete construction life and into our homes and commercial spaces in cabinetry, built in storage and furniture in a stylish way.
We love these sweet little tables that we built for 'The Daily' in Swanbourne and the Modular Shelving Unit.



Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Big Beauty


There is something truly magic about a big slab dining table. Here is one of our latest Jarrah Slab Dining Tables created from our recent stockpile of timber, measuring 2700mm x 1200mm.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

I'm just admiring your vanity...


When designing our own bathroom recently, the decision to have a wooden vanity was clear for us. We wanted to introduce some warmth and texture into our bathroom to contrast the stark white tiles and black stone, while still trying to keep it light and fresh. Our wood of choice was American Oak, for its blonde colour and clean feature.
The inset sink and wall mounted taps work to avoid distraction from the minimal design. It has two large soft close drawers allowing for good storage.
Our towel rails and trimming above the mirror cabinet are in the same American Oak and help to break up all the white in the room. We love it! 
It is admired and enjoyed daily and so far has endured the rigours of a toddler determined to put more soap and water all over it than in the basin or his hands.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Hand Picked Timber Slabs


We are very particular about the quality of materials we use at raw edge furniture which means we are constantly on the search for beautiful timber. It is an important, but time consuming process. So we get very excited when we get a large stock pile in the workshop, especially of big beautiful slabs hand picked from our great South West.

We have just invested in, literally, a truckload of Jarrah and Marri slabs ready to be crafted into some stunning slab dining tables and other custom built furniture. Some current clients have taken the opportunity to have several pieces of furniture built from the same log, in addition to their slab dining table.





Sunday, August 25, 2013

WE ARE LOVING...

The Duckworth Dining Table in Marri, with matching coffee table. Beautiful.







Monday, July 15, 2013

ON SALE!

We have some Recycled Jarrah tables in stock at our workshop that we are selling at great prices in the following sizes:

2400 x 1000 

$2500 (was $3800)

2200 x 1000

$2000 (was $3200)
1800 x 900
$1500 (was $2250)

We also have a Recycled Karri Island bench

1200 x 540 x 900
$1200 (was $1950)

Only available while stock lasts!







Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A PROJECT CLOSE TO HOME

After the many beautiful kitchens we have built at raw edge furniture, this project was one that I have been wanting to do for a very long time - designing and building our very own kitchen. When the time finally arrived, we found ourselves completely overwhelmed by the choices, decisions and many possibilities. Ironically, the toughest decision was what timber to use in our feature island bench. I now realised what it was like to be a client!
Being the wood lover that I am and years of working with many different timbers, you may think that choosing the type of timber for our kitchen would be an easy decision - that I would a have a favourite one that I always wanted to have in my own home. But it was really tough - my wife and I tossed and turned over the options for what felt like months.
We finally decided on Wandoo and we have been so happy with our choice with its warm walnut colour and clean, sleek feature. Being a hard wood it will also endure the hard wear and tear from living with a young family.
Wandoo has also been used as trim on our stainless steel back bench and shelving, tying it together nicely.
Admittedly, it is still a work in progress - finishing touches still need to be done, cabinets still need to be installed. But you know how it goes when you lead a busy life and it is your own project - always the last on the list. But for the moment, what a joy it is everyday to finally enjoy our own lovely hand built kitchen.




Monday, December 10, 2012

Warm and Welcoming





Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Daily Charm


If you are a local to the Perth Western Suburbs, there is a good chance you have already visited the new espresso bar, The Daily, in Swanbourne. The main attraction is their really good coffee, but the distraction is the very funky fitout... well maybe we are being a bit biased.

















Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Family Affair



Although I love Australian Hardwoods, it is such a treat to work with imported timbers such as this stunning table we recently built from solid American Walnut.
I was a little nervous about this job, as the client was no ordinary client, she is very discerning and particular about quality and style - she is my sister. 
Measuring 3 metres in length, it seats 12-14 people, which made for a perfect Christmas lunch.
It was really nice to sit back and see the table be well and truly christened, enjoyed and admired by all of my family. Needless to say, it goes down in my records of 'special pieces'.

















Monday, November 7, 2011

Made To Order


When the Canaris's were designing their unique retro-inspired kitchen, they said they knew exactly who the 'man for the job' would be. The brief was strong and particular with a great design that needed attention to detail and a high level of craftmenship.
We were delighted to be given the opportunity to build this stunning individualised kitchen. Stainless steel benchtops on plywood, completed with plywood cabinetry showcase a beautifully refined and modernised-retro look and feel that we just loved!
It was a great job to work on with fantastic results that make our work here at Raw Edge Furniture very rewarding indeed. Thanks also to the Canaris's for making it such a seamless and enjoyable project.





















Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A bit on the side


These cute little recycled Jarrah tables have just come out of our workshop. Lots of love and care went into each one complete with hand turned tapered legs. They make perfect side tables and the best part is that we have some in stock, so you don't need to wait for one!










Our bright and shiny new website


It's been very busy at Raw Edge Furniture, with bookings filling in fast before Christmas, but amongst all the hustle and bustle we have managed to get our new website up and running! This is really exciting for us as we were finding that many people were not aware that we offer a variety of services other than just our furniture range, so the new site showcases our other expertises such as kitchens, built-in storage and commercial that we will be continuing to update, so stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our new arrival


It is not very often these days that I get a chance to build furniture for our own home, but with the much anticipated arrival of our son, Harper Charlie Eastwood (who was born 4 weeks ago now) I made the most of my remaining 'spare time' and built a chest of drawers for his room.
It's made from American Walnut and polished ply with a design that has a mix of retro and mid century danish while still being contemporary. Not sure if Harper likes it yet, but we sure do!







Monday, May 9, 2011

A little piece of Tassy


A large part of custom building furniture often means working from the client's own ideas or designs and bringing them to life in a collaborative way. So it is a pleasure when we get the opportunity to work with and build beautifully designed pieces such as this writing desk and coffee table (shown below) that were designed by Rochelle Donavan from Lucky Stripe Interiors.
The pieces are built from Tasmanian Blackwood - a native hardwood that is a member of the wattle family. We think it's definitely something to write home about.















Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dinner for 12


Creating a big slab table is one of the most satisfying experiences. The logistics of working with such a monster piece of timber can be pretty heavy work, but worth every bit of labour.
Here is a beautiful Jarrah slab table that we recently built for a client's Yallingup home. It measures 3900mm x 1200mm and looks stunning in the space.
It is very rare to find a single slab piece of Jarrah of this size that does not have splits and this slab was no exception. As a solution to binding the split we created a butterfly join - inspired by Japanese master craftsmen George Nakashima - that not only respects timeless wood working craftsmanship, but is a really nice feature.
The table is finished with 7 coats of danish oil to nourish and preserve the timber naturally and give it a satin looking finish that is hard wearing.