Raw Boards specialises in natural edge garden furniture and table settings, mail boxes, recycled timber tables, and quirky indoor furniture. You can also buy milled timber slabs for your own creations.
LOCATION: Bendigo, Victoria
PHONE: 0408 773 353
WEBSITE: rawboards.com.au (full contact details below)
I love rough timber. My husband and father-in-law built a raw-edged mirror frame and garden bench that we never tire of. Nature crafts amazing shapes and patterns that are lost by cutting timber into neat boards.
Linton Torr, a former woodcutter and shearer, has knocked around the bush long enough to see beauty in all kinds of raw materials. In his hands gnarly trunks, tangled burls, and rough-sawn slabs become surprisingly lyrical furniture. Garden furniture in particular nestles into its surroundings with casual charm.
Linton collects unwanted timber from farms and homes around regional Victoria. Burning fallen trees and old posts is common practise in rural areas so collecting them for furniture saves a durable resource. Salvaged timber also offers a wealth of irregularities like fiddleback and birds eye figuring, gum veins and organic curves that inspire Raw Boards designs.
You can fall in love with a Raw Boards original or commission something to suit your setting. Linton is happy to run through his timber collection and help you choose your favourite features. Each one-off design is a sturdy, functional artwork that celebrates the variety and versatility of Australian timber.
Note: Images by Raw Boards, reproduced with permission.