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A story of old railway sleepers.

Just about everyone in Australia knows someone impacted by bushfire. The havoc they can wreak is real. So, when you come across a story with a positive element attached, it’s one well worth sharing.

(It would be great to insert a little bit more in here about where the clients are from and how and when the bushfire occurred. It’s not crucial, but it would personalise things…)

I first met my clients a few years after they survived a bushfire that destroyed their home and contents. There was a lot of sadness at that time. They lost a lot, but not quite everything.

A few years earlier they had milled red gum slabs and posts from fallen trees around their property. They stored it in their shed in just the right way throughout the drying process. Trust me, this is an art in itself. And somehow, the shed had been spared the fire. The wood was perfectly intact.

After a few calls and messages, they headed my way with a Ute full of red gum pieces ready to turn into a custom design.

Then the process was over to me. I started with re-milling all the pieces into usable stock – cutting, sanding, filling. And then I got to build. What a joy that was. I created a live edge table around two metres long with a traditional farmhouse style ‘X’ based frame.

It remains one of my favourite builds to this day and was clearly a success. They recently rocked up with more timber to make a second one for the in-laws.

Not only are these tables beautiful, but they give an important nod to the past. A reminder of survival, and a space to create new memories.