I want you to meet an old (not in age) and very good friend of mine Tommy from Toms Timber Furniture. Tommy and I went to school together down in the Snowy Mountains and although we haven’t been in contact too much lately, I just became aware that he is making the most amazing and beautiful furniture!!! And to make it all even better, it doesn’t just look amazing but it is all 100% recycled! I really want you to check out his work as it is just awesome! So I wanted to take 5 minutes today to chat with Tommy to give you the run down on how it all started (because I want to know!!!!) and he has something beautiful to GIVEAWAY too!!!!
1. Hi Tommy. Thanks for doing this interview. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company. How did it all start?
Hi Cass. Not a problem at all, I always love talking to other young entrepreneurs.
I grew up on a farm in the snowy mountains in a small town called Cooma, and moved to Sydney when I was 19 to begin study and pursue a career as an engineer.
I have always had a passion for building and when it came to furnishing a house as a full time student the options were either; find it by the side of road in council clean up or build it yourself. So as our house started to fill up with milk crate bookcases and three legged tables I decided it was time to build myself some furniture and make our residence look more like a home than a dumping ground.
I picked up a load of fence palings the next time I was back in Cooma and set to work to build myself a coffee table. Followed soon after by a TV unit, dining table, storage chest, outdoor setting, side table, a bed and a mirror.
I was surprised at the amount of comments the furniture was getting, and it didn’t take long till my mates were commandeering me to build them something for their “dumping ground”.
As I filled my friends homes with furniture, friends of friends began to contact me enquiring about the pieces. This was the first time I even considered turning this hobby into a small business and from their saw the beginning of Tom’s Timber Furniture.
2. We understand that all your creations are made with recycled timber, tell us why you work like this.
For me, I love the fact that the recycled timber means every piece is unique. Even if you make two pieces of the same design, the imperfections in the timber; as well as the colouring to come through once it is sanded make each piece look unique and different
|Tom at work!
I also love the idea of creating something from nothing. The majority of the timber I use is seen as rubbish by most, yet I am able to see it as a new piece of furniture.
3. What’s your favourite piece of furniture you’ve made?
My favourite piece to date would have to be a low line TV unit I built for a fellow in Mosman. It was 2m long, 500mm high and had 4 doors along the front. It really was a beautiful piece.
The hardest thing about building all this furniture is not being able to keep it for yourself. As each piece is completely hand built and custom made I feel a real connection to it when I complete it.
4. Do you have any advice or inspiration to send out to any of our readers that are thinking about starting their own business???
My advice would be that if you think you can turn something that you really love and are passionate about into your job, and still enjoy it, then you should definitely pursue it.
5. Lastly, anything you want to share with us about your business and what we’re giving away today?
The piece I’m giving away today is a recycled timber serving board with a single ramekin in the centre. It is made from 100% recycled materials and is perfect for serving up nibbles to accompany your cheeky Sunday afternoon beverage.
I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support and if you haven’t already, jump onto our website and have a look around.
Want to win??? To enter simply:
- Leave a comment below telling me why you want to have this 100% recycled timber serving board on your table at your next party.
- Like Toms Timber Furniture on facebook
- Share this give away on any social media platform (instagram/facebook/twitter/pinterest)
The winner will be announced in wednesday the 2nd of January’s newsletter, so make sure you’re on the list to find out if you’ve won.
terms: This giveaway is open to only Australian followers on Choose life, live it, do it. All entrants must provide a first name along with your comment entry and ensure I can contact you via your blog/social media or email (you can subscribe via email if you don’t want to list your contact details publicly) . Once the giveaway has ended and winner is chosen they will be contacted via email and put in touch with the sponsor. Giveaway items are not distributed by choose life, live it, do it, they are directly distributed to the winners by the sponsors themselves.