This is Rohan. He likes hiking, bike riding and taking photos with his drone. He also works at Thor’s Hammer and is another member of our talented Sales and Design crew.
Tell us what you love about timber…
I think timber is such a beautiful product, no two pieces are ever alike. Timber is readily available and can be cut, joined, sculptured and finished with simple hand tools most people have at home.
What are you most proud of making?
I studied furniture making and design here in Canberra at ANU. One second year project all students had to complete was to make a first aid cabinet. The plans were provided in week one and the rest of the semester was spent constructing the cabinets with only hand tools. Jointers, thicknessers and panel saws were traded for a nice sharp hand plane and set of chisels. I'm unsure how many hours I spent working on the piece but it has definitely been the most rewarding project I’ve worked on.
Another memorable project was Oscar the couch - this was the first piece of a lounge room setting I designed and made in my final year of study. The design was very much influenced by mid century Scandinavian ideals and philosophy. The through tenons emphasis quality construction and are an insight into how all of the structures interlock. It was the first large scale piece I made and was challenging through all stages of concept, development and manufacture. Like everything you learn from doing - if I were to make it again there would be a number of things I would tweak and change.
Rustic or Clean Dressed (timber of course)?
Everything I’ve made so far has been ‘clean dressed’, though if I had to make a real statement piece I think it would be sawtooth filled flat!
If you had to work with just one timber…
From Australian hardwoods I would have to choose blackbutt, I just like the consistency in colour and archetypal wood look.
Downtime is best spent…
Getting out and doing something different. I like riding my bike or going off on adventures with my friends and family.
Recommend us your best source of inspiration
If you want to design furniture then stop looking at furniture. Look for inspiration in the most unlikely places. During my studies I looked at lots of architecture and read a lot about philosophy. Everybody is different but that's what I found interesting - I took ideas and concepts from these inspirations and started drawing furniture from there.
What do you love about your job?
I really enjoy working with people and being involved in their projects from ideas and concepts through the stages of development and present the realised finished piece at the end. I find this really engaging and rewarding. It's not always easy but each challenge is an opportunity to put your own touch into the work.
Rohan goes to great lengths to keep his customers happy.
Want to chat to him about your next project?
Drop him an email or call on 6282 9900.