Tom is a woodworker who likes cleanly designed and useful objects. He uses off-cuts from larger pieces where he can and occasionally even pallet timber. The satisfaction comes from making one-off objects that will become Heirloom articles.
While doing his carpentry apprenticeship, Tom started woodworking in 2011 in his spare time. He wanted to spend more time designing and making his work. Woodwork gave him the chance to focus on the inherent beauty of timbers, especially off-cuts from carpentry projects.
We asked Tom about what he’s working on, how he started making furniture and what he wants to do in the future.
Tell us a little about your background and what made you start your craft.
Straight after I finished secondary school I did an apprenticeship in carpentry doing residential construction. Not long into the apprenticeship, I realised what I really enjoyed most was making beautiful bespoke objects. I used my apprentice wages to invest in woodworking tools. After seven years as a carpenter I decided it was time to pursue what truly inspired me. Now I am a full time furniture maker.
Why did you choose in.cube8r? What do you hope to accomplish as a cuber?
What do you create?
I make timber furniture, plywood cabinets and small wooden pieces such as boxes and salt and pepper grinders, which utilise the off-cuts.
Is your small business a hobby, a side hustle or your full time gig?
My business is operated on a full time basis.
What is your favourite thing about making furniture?
What are you working on? What are your future plans for your craft?
At the moment I’m working on a fit out for a bike shop in Richmond – it’s all custom made for this business and made from really nice birch plywood.
In the future I plan on developing my steam bending skills to produce timber chairs. One thing that I love about woodworking is that there is a plethora of different avenues that could be explored. I can be making a 3 meter long plywood cabinet one day, and a miniature timber box with lots of detail the next.
What inspires you? Who & what are your influences?
My former woodwork teacher at the Victorian Woodworkers Association, John Dioretes, was my first and most significant influence.
I really like the simplicity of Shaker Furniture and the design and use of Shoji (Japanese screen doors).
Have you ever exhibited somewhere prominent?
I have displayed pieces in a woodwork exhibition at the Melbourne showgrounds and in the recycled pallet timber exhibition (Create from a Crate).