Welcome note

Welcome to Timber Tales , a blog from Silkwood Furniture located in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.
We aim to give an update on our workshop happenings, current projects under construction
and any interesting news regarding unusual and beautiful timber we have been working with.
Please enjoy the warmth of the timber and the detail of our creations.
Thank You, Steve

Friday, 31 May 2013

Silkwood Furniture Website Launched

Hello, Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to add any blog entries lately however I'm very excited to  launch a new website at  www.melbournecabinetmaker.com.au 
Featuring a broad range of our current projects, I'd love for you all to have a look.
Thank you, Steve

                                          Beautiful Bathroom featuring Reclaimed Timbers

Sunday, 13 January 2013

2013 and our Online Furniture Store


I cannot believe nearly a year has passed since my last post,
Stay tuned as I'll be posting work from each month of 2012 over the upcoming weeks.
2012 was a very enjoyable and challenging year with a large variety of work which will appeal to many.
In the meantime to view kitchens and furniture you might like to visit my online furniture store by clicking on the link below:


All the best for 2012
and best wishes,

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012

I would like to wish everyone all the best for 2012, may this be the year when your dreams come true.

Been the start of a new year I can't help but reflect on our previous creations.

 I've given myself the difficult task of selecting three of my favourite pieces.

I hope you enjoy looking as much as we enjoyed making.

# 1 Wine Side Table
Created from recycled oak barrel staves, crafted using all hand tools.
As a maker very challenging and rewarding to create.
Amazing fiddleback in the top and an overall, elegant design. 

# 2
Recycled French Oak Barrel Sideboard.
Epic in length at 6m long passing through a living room and a dining room.
Sensational grain with many warm, rich tones.
 Plus the sideboard doubles as a fun adventure for children to explore.
What's not to love.

 # 3
Blackwood dining table incorporating light and dark tones of blackwood to create a beautiful contrast. Hand finished Mortise and tenon joints for the frame construction.
Simple and beautiful in design.

 Thank you for looking and please feel free to contact me anytime with any queries,
All the best,
                                       Steve Jones.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Sale Items

From time to time we like to run small batches of exclusive items. What better time than for Christmas.

Our current sale items have been handcrafted by Peter Jones and exhibit a beautiful attention to detail.
The boxes are the last left of this run for the year.
Please follow the highlighted links to purchase.

Reclaimed Western Red Cedar Kitchen Spice Boxes (2 available)

Inspired by a traditional shaker design.
Lovingly handcrafted and assembled using brass pins
 The lid measures 150mm Long x 115mm Wide x 87mm High

Internal measurements are 106mm long x 70 mm wide x 68mm deep.

Note the gorgeous little handmade dowel hinge.

 Hand finished with a fine wire brush before been hand waxed creates this beautiful weathered texture.

Price: $ 85 inc. GST

To purchase please click contact me via email.

Shaker style wall boxes. ( 2 Available ) 
Stylishly crafted by hand with flowing lines and smooth contours. Very elegant.

Hang them in the kitchen for letters etc.
 The internal measurements are 280mm long x 105mm wide x 90mm deep.

 They are created from recycled Tasmanian Oak floorboards. 

 Lovingly fine sanded before been waxed by hand to an ultra smooth finish.
The wax brings out this warm honey colour in the oak.

Price $ 115 inc. GST

Thank you for looking and keep an eye on this blog for more sale items.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Vintage Industrial Workbench / Dining Table

Our latest piece, an Industrial workbench inspired dining table.
Seats 8- 10 people.

The legs and cross bracing are reclaimed hardwood house framing.
We've left the original weathered patterns on the legs.

  We've retrieved the design from one of our ideas in an old sketch book.
The photo below is almost identical to the original design sketch.
With the cross bracing been a visual feature, enabling plenty of leg room and making the table very stable. 

  We've used recycled oregon beams for the bench top and have retained as much of the character and history of the timber as possible.


This beautiful weathered table is constructed using hand finished rebate joints through out.

The table has been sanded to a smooth velvety finish. Lovely.


We have this table design available to order from our store
Click on the link above if your interested or feel free to contact me.

Thank you for visiting,

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Oiling Recycled Oak

 Watching the sunset over the Gembrook hills after a day of fine sanding and polishing.

The first coat of oil has really brought out the life and warmth in the french oak sideboard.
The timber has such a lovely honey coloured hue.

The contrast of the light and dark with the golden flecks throughout the timber amaze me, you could just look at it forever and still spot character you hadn't noticed before.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Kallista Kitchen

The clients brief for this kitchen design was classic with simple, clean lines.
We've used a plain framed door, laminate bench tops with fine elements of recycled Tasmanian oak throughout.

The framed doors have been hand painted in a classic cream. The technique of hand painting gives the doors a lovely texture and replicates an older style of finishing.

The kitchen features a beautiful handmade plate rack created out of recycled Tasmanian Oak machined with a very fine moulding.

The clients brief included that she would like a rack made to display her cool old rolling pins.

 The top of the mantlepiece features a nice thick slab of timber to match the other highlights.
All of the details in this kitchen, the hand painted panel doors, the carefully chosen door and drawer pulls, the use of timber for the mantle, the leadblight panels and the elegant display racks combine to create a very unique and beautiful piece of joinery.
A pleasure to build.