January 19, 2021
Where Did It All Begin?

People ask me, how did you get started? Where did it all begin? What made you choose woodworking? I usually reply with, well, I’m not sure. And that would be the truth because the turning of events is more complex than I could claim for my own mind. That being said, I joined a bookclub. […]

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January 5, 2021
A Leap of Faith - (Moving Overseas During COVID)

Last September, our family, in the midst of strictest COVID lockdowns, packed up house, shop and kids to return to New Zealand. We truly love Melbourne and Australia but time comes when change is needed and in this case, the change we needed was to return home. We've settled in Kerikeri, Northland which is a […]

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August 11, 2020
Repairable Furniture

Accidents do happen, especially when viewed from the perspective of decades and not months. Truly sustainable bespoke furniture should be easily repairable. Unfortunately, the most common glue used in furniture making, PVA, cannot be manipulated easily once set. If, for instance, a leg join breaks, that join will have to be cut away and new […]

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July 10, 2020
A New Coffee Table Design

There is a new design to welcome to the Lloyd Brooke Furniture family. The Finn bespoke coffee table. The client wanted a custom coffee table with prerequisites being splayed legs and baby safe edges. I started by gluing and scraping the top, followed by attaching the breadboard ends. These help keep the tabletop flat. The […]

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June 29, 2020
Bespoke Hand Tool Process

Without huge, industrial machines, I've found hand tools, when properly set up, to be the most effective way of preparing my timber for joinery. I use a couple of simple machines to take the wood from a rough sawn state, to a square dimension. From there, I will either use my hand plane or cabinet […]

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