My Custom Furniture Maker Story

For Lloyd Brooke Anderson, working with his hands has always been a way to experience the world and become lost in beauty.

As a boy he would marvel at the creations both his father and Poppa fabricated in their sheds. It was in these humble buildings, together with consideration, purpose and patience that custom projects seemed to birth themselves.

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In early adulthood, the hand tool focus transmuted into handwork of a different kind; the language of music and songwriting.

The intricacies of precise technique and the magic of song were captivating, and, eager to explore a bigger world, Lloyd and his young family moved home from Auckland to Melbourne.

Like all good stories that dance in circles, it was the Australian landscape and native timbers that re-orientated Lloyd’s eye back towards sculptural based exploration. His growing family had a need for quality, solid timber furniture to replace the mass produced, flat pack fall-aparts that accumulated in their house, and the empty shed was soon transformed into a dedicated hand tool workshop.

Initially chosen due to a small working area and lack of funds, Lloyd quickly discovered the precision and intimacy with process that hand tools could offer. In a world where mass production rules, here was the escape.

Hand Saw
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Interest in his bespoke handcrafted furniture method soon grew, with Lloyd welcoming friends and family into his home workshop to design, chat and craft beautiful furniture. Many custom orders later, it was Vanessa, Lloyd’s wife and business partner, who urged him to follow his passion, take the leap of faith and embark on a career of handmade furniture built to last generations.

Lloyd Brooke Furniture has returned to New Zealand and continues to specialise in sustainable furniture made by hand, from premium quality timbers. With no feature or process outsourced, Lloyd has the opportunity to oversee each stage of the development

5.0 25 reviews

  • Avatar David Ritchie ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Lloyd was great to work with. I designed a book shelf that was to join onto an existing bed … More side drawer. Lloyd sharpened the idea and I couldn't be happier with the result. Cheers Lloyd!
  • Avatar Megan Anderson ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Craftsmanship isn’t dead after all. Thanks Lloyd Brooke Furniture for my new dining table! … More Lloyd is awesome to work with and makes beautiful investment pieces that will last generations. Recommend.
  • Avatar Quentin Hallett ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    If you want superb craftsmanship, amazing attention to detail, helpful, down to earth communication … More and a willingness to weave in bespoke design - Lloyd is your woodworking artisan.We initially discovered him online, as we were in the market for a hand made king size bed that we could place in our new home, and cherish for eternity. After organising this with Lloyd, we played the waiting game for a few weeks (yes, as has been mentioned previously, quality workmanship takes time!) and took delivery of an absolutely stunning piece of furniture. It went together perfectly, and the American walnut timber was a joy to behold.We were so stoked, that we returned to him for another piece for our lounge room audio visual area - only this time it wasn’t an off the shelf design... The unit was based on one of his designs, but required lots of working together to achieve the desired fit and appearance. It was a pleasure to work with such a nice guy, and we ended up with another American walnut masterpiece that we enjoy every day. Thanks so much for your patience and artistic flair with this one - Lee-Anne and I couldn’t recommend you highly enough!Thanks mate!