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Making your own Wooden Surfboard

Along with various timber combinations and deck patterns we offer in our Wooden Timber Surfboard Classes, we offer the application of personalised decals or motifs to really make your timber surfboard an object of sentimental beauty.

For a myriad of reasons our students wish to add something extra to their board

A wonderul reminder of a treasured fur baby

A personal touch to a student surfboard

A personal touch to a student surfboard

Want your nickname immoratised on your favourite board ?

Why not

Love your style Baylz

Love your style Baylz

Love the colour green and are obsessed with manta ray

We can accommodate you

Stand out from the crowd !

Stand out from the crowd !

Want to ramp up the zen on your timber board

We will only encourage you

Feel the zen

Feel the zen

Love a good Hawaiian 50’s vibe (we are a fan !! )

By adding some funky fabric you can create a mood that is just you

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You are only limited by your imagination , we will help you anyway we can to achieve your dream board.

So start designing your board now.

Our Wooden Surfboard and SUP Classes a bucket list must do

Get in contact with us to make this a reality !

Restoration of Upright Piano

We always love the journey of restoration and when it is a family heirloom such as a Piano , the satisfaction for us as a team in achieving a great outcome is one of the best parts of what we do …

A much loved family favourite in need of some repairs

A much loved family favourite in need of some repairs

Gorgeous finished product. This treasured family item back to its orginal glory

Gorgeous finished product. This treasured family item back to its orginal glory

This mahogany upright piano was restored, repaired where needed and repolished to match the clients’ existing decor .

A beautiful journey of great sentimental value

Glassing the timber surfboards

Its the icing on the cake, the cherry on top. Whatever you like to call it, the glassing of our timber surfboards is the finishing touch to something wonderful, the final embellishment if you will.

Stuart is in the midst of glassing these rather spectacular boards …

A process he thoroughly enjoys and takes great pride in.

shiny shiny shiny

shiny shiny shiny

beauty and depth in the grain

beauty and depth in the grain

Show pony … precision making and glassing

Show pony … precision making and glassing

Inner Brisbane City Chamber Refurbishment

Time really does fly …

Over 10 years ago we completed a fit out for an innercity chambers.

The work included built in bookcases, corporate office area and the addition of lounges where our Barrister could liaise with clients or catch up on reading material.

We enjoyed the collaboration with our client and she was ecstatic with the finished outcome.

A professional yet practical area that encompassed bright striking colours that accentuated her personal furnishings as well as being an executive office space.

Fast forward to 2019 and it was time for a spruce up, nothing dramatic just some repolishing , some minor repairs to keep this work area in wonderful working condition, especially in a high air conditioned environment where the dryness can impede on timber furniture.

Beautiful bold colours and pattern making a big impact

Beautiful bold colours and pattern making a big impact

Practical and classic

Practical and classic

Ample storage and writing area is vital

Ample storage and writing area is vital

A little maintenance goes a long way to ensure longevity of timber furniture.

Restoring a Boardroom table

We always take delight in restoring a part of yesteryear and restoring a Cedar Boardroom table circa 1970 crafted by the renowned maker Robert Dunlop ( 1925 - 2014 ) was certainly an honour.

This elegant boardroom table made for an innercity Brisbane School, has certainly seen many student and teacher meetings.

It was in dire need of repairs, repolishing and in particular the Emblem a fragile work of veneers was starting to crumble and needed some intricate repairs.

Restoration needed for the school emblem

Restoration needed for the school emblem

Boardroom table pior to its makeover

Boardroom table pior to its makeover

Extensive repair work on the veneers and emblem was undertaken by Stuart.

The table was then sanded and many applications of finish were applied to bring this wonderful part of history back to its original glory

A beautiful finished products

A beautiful finished products

The delivered and restored boardroom table

The delivered and restored boardroom table

Around the workshop in September

September was another fun , productive month in the Bywater Design Workshop. Hard to believe that we are in the last quarter of the year, 2019 now

Our many and varied projects included restoration on some beautiful furniture, including a lovely change of colour to a 1920’s reading chair.

Working on our new surfboard collection ( we are very excited about our new developments ) our September Surfboard class proved once again how lucky we are to share our enthusisam and knowledge with our surfboard students.

Stuart also enjoyed using his beloved hand chisels and hand carved mahogany corbels for a heritage project .

As we emerse ourselves into October we look forward to some more exciting custom made furniture projects , further restoration work and the preparation for our November Surfboard Making Workshop which is always a fun and busy 4 days !

Love what we do

What we are loving in September

As the weather still can’t decide what it wants to do, windy days, warm day,average weather days and still NO rain, we can only but embrace the moments and the sunshine , as it is truly the little things that have the biggest impact …

Slow mornings , when the sun is shining and the coffee is strong and maybe a treat or two

Slow mornings , when the sun is shining and the coffee is strong and maybe a treat or two

Taking time for a builders brew, watching that great afternoon light creep into the workshop

Taking time for a builders brew, watching that great afternoon light creep into the workshop

When you look out and capture that eerie glow from a dusty day , hoping for a rainy day

When you look out and capture that eerie glow from a dusty day , hoping for a rainy day

Enjoying a balmy night out , enjoying the city at night

Enjoying a balmy night out , enjoying the city at night


”Little moments become tomorrow’s precious memories “

The benefits of white furniture

As we have stated many times, our passion for timber furniture is strong. Over the years we have designed and made so many beautiful heirlooms in timber, including, dining tables, chest of drawers, entertainment units even ladders for home offices, the list goes magically and gratefully on of what we have achieved for our wonderful clients.

Sometimes though, a clear finish/polish is not what is needed or desired.

A white gloss or 2 pack finish can literally be the icing on the cake

There are many benefits of white furniture, not withstanding the visual impact white furniture can have on some beautifully rich timber floors. The gorgeous contrast these two elements provide can just be breathtaking …

White gloss bookcase, providing a wonderful distinction between wall and floor

White gloss bookcase, providing a wonderful distinction between wall and floor

White Furniture can provide addtional contrasts and textures to a room .

It gives a clean, fresh feel which is perfect all year round.

White furniture provides a wonderful blank canvas, on which you can very simply add your collection of art, sentimental pieces and the white furniture will highlight these in the most subtle yet sophisticated of ways.

With different textures and shapes, white furniture becomes a wonderful addition to the living room

With different textures and shapes, white furniture becomes a wonderful addition to the living room

A perfect blank canvas to add art pieces, treasured books, special photos and mementos

A perfect blank canvas to add art pieces, treasured books, special photos and mementos

Any room of the home can benefit from the additon of white furniture, the only limit is your imagination

Our Woodworking Students create beautiful things

As we have mentioned previously we have enjoyed teaching so many students the skills involved in woodworking.

Our students begin by learning the fundamentals then go on to more complicated pieces where they are really challenged in both design concept and the actual process of making it with their own hands.

The satisfaction achieved from our completed project is evident in the smile on Geoff’s face as seen below.

He designed and made this stunning occasional table made from Tasmanian Blackwood and along with Stuart’s expert guidance , Geoff successfully completed his table this week.

Winners are grinners ! Well done Geoff on a fantastic finished project

Winners are grinners ! Well done Geoff on a fantastic finished project

Beautiful execution of design and technique from Geoff woodworking student

Beautiful execution of design and technique from Geoff woodworking student

We get so much satisfaction out of sharing our passion of woodworking with our students .

If the urge to creat is great , head on over to begin your creativity journey .

Art Deco Furniture then and now

What are your images, thoughts of the 1920’s ?

The Great Gatsby , Speakeasies, jazz music comes instantly to mind.

The world was celebrating peace and freedom after World War 1 and technology (but not as we now know it ) was forging ahead.

Automobiles were becoming more common, and movies were mass entertainment in the devleoped world.

This started as a boom era in which people were intent on living for the now, throwing convention to the wind and opening the way for new ideas and inventions.

Art Deco is the term for this fashionable style that dominated between the two world wars, Art Deco influenced many spheres of life from art, architecture, fashion and sculpture to furniture design.


The impact Art Deco has left is monumental in architecture alone. In Queensland , the State Government Insurance Building in Brisbane and the Charleville Town Halls are perfect testamony to these, just as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are iconic symbols in the USA.

Jazz Moderne as Art Deco was also known as the dominant style of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

It became known as Art Deco in the 1960’s when a British Art Critic took the name from the 1925

L’Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris.

The Style was developed in France by over 250 craftman including Jacques_Emile Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand and Rene Lalique. The strong Paris influence led the “machine age aesthetic”in which the flowing floral motifsof Art Noveau were replaced by streamlined geometrical designs, that expressed the efficiency of modern technology.

Excitement over this new French Style was quickly emulated in Italy, Britian other European countries and North America.

Art Deco designers used stepped forms, rounded corners, striped decorative elements and experimented with industrial materials such as metal, plastic as well as the more unusual sharks skin.

The favoured stylish colours of purple, mauve, peach and grey were used to enhance the new sophisticated design.

Experimenting with industrial design elements was a constant in the Art Deco period.

Decorative glass had a formative role in products such as cabinet doors and homes with heavy timbers lightened by the use of glass, were stylised with sunbursts, foliage and various flower species.

Another aspect of Art Deco which is essential in todays design elements is multipurpose design; the original Art Deco furniture was true to their geometric and sleek design and were highly functional as well as representing elegant simplicity.

Think of a headboard with incorporated bed side tables or side cupboards with a lamp stand or cigrette holder doubling as a coffee /occasional table.

The not so humble cocktail cabinet; borne from that wonderful pasttime; the cocktail party , was devleoped to house essential items for a maritini as well as accommodating a gramaphone to play the latest Josephine Baker. Multipurposing at its best.

We have restored many and varied pieces from this era

From the humble occasional table , to the essential vanity unit to the more complex gramaphone , these pieces were carefully and faithfully restored to bring out the best of that era ,as well as using modern practices to ensure they will go on for many more decades

Clients often request design characterstics from this period as well using the crisp symmetrical forms from this era to using timbers reminiscent of this era including birds eye maple . With subtle additions of plain frosted glass instead of the more colourful glass originals the Art Deco mood is enhanced whilst giving each furniture item its own personality .

One of our favourite era’s we relish the opportunity to restore or create pieces of furniture that are reminiscent of this wonderful age, when things were a little simpler.

Restoring the glory Art Deco multi purpose sidetable

Restoring the glory Art Deco multi purpose sidetable

Carefully restored Dressing table with accompanying stool

Carefully restored Dressing table with accompanying stool

Simple curved lines with an Art Deco aesthetic for this stunining kitchen cabinet

Simple curved lines with an Art Deco aesthetic for this stunining kitchen cabinet

Beautifully designed and made by Stuart this Art Deco Inspired entertainment unit is a crowd pleaser

Beautifully designed and made by Stuart this Art Deco Inspired entertainment unit is a crowd pleaser

Designing Wooden Surfboards

There is nothing like first hand experience, and through many a surf, some good sessions some not so good times we have refined and evolved our Wooden Surfboards.

We have curated our boards to encompass the various surf conditions and to accommodate the individual characteristics of the surfboard rider.

The Dawn is a classic all rounder. (so named after the Legendary Dawn Fraser )

The Dawn will simply handle everything that is thrown at it; from the almost non existent wave to the holy grail of a clean six footer.

A good paddling board makes for easy wave catching, great sharp turning and fast trimming

The Dawn is the ultimate package.

Made from Paulownia and Cambia Ash  The Dawn   is the ultimate package

Made from Paulownia and Cambia Ash The Dawn is the ultimate package

The Gould (aptly named after the one and only Shane Gould is a cleaned up older board that takes its origins from the 1970’s.

With a single fin its a point and shoot board that behaves like a dream.

Its a low entry rocker with a flat bottom and chimed rails.

The Gould has a fuller nose outline compared to other boards compared to modern boards, but dont let its retro vibe fool you, this board can take all sorts of conditions and is suited to all types of surfers.

But dont take our word, come down to our Woodworking Gallery and see first hand how these boards are designed and made with the utmost care.

Of course you can alway take yourself on a creative journey and make one of these beautiful boards yourself . Here’s how you can do it .

We love the curious types so dont hesitate to contact us with a question on our Bywater Design Surfboards

Our Dawn.  Loving the 70’s is a good thing

Our Dawn. Loving the 70’s is a good thing

Mid Century Lounge Chair Restoration

Mid Century Decor can be very generally characterised by the use of clean lines, curves and smooth surfaces to create an understated look.

Bold colour fabrics against a neutral coloured wall was often synomous with mid century decor.

Form follows function.

So bearing all these facts in mind we mindfully restored these wonderful iconic chairs.

To keep their structural integrity , we took care in our restoration processes …

Mid century lounge chair just before their restoration

Mid century lounge chair just before their restoration

Careful dismantling prior to restoration

Careful dismantling prior to restoration

The Process for restoration involved careful dismantling of all pieces, removal of existing finish ( in this instance paint)

reglueing and repairing where needed.

New fabric was chosen by the client to compliment the wonderful richness of the grain which was quite eveident once the paint had been removed and the fabulous blue hues co ordinated wonderfully with their existing furniture

Just stunning

Just stunning

The end result is nothing short of spectacular.

These chairs classic shape and character of these chairs has not been changed, they have just been treated to some TLC to ensure a long and happy life .

For some more restoration magic have a peek at our Restoration Gallery for great inspiration of what you can achieve .

Tools of the Woodworking Trade

Essential to our craft, hand tools are many and varied in our Woodworking Workshop.

They are treasured items, sometimes given as gifts to the craftsperson, sometimes they are found by chance in an out of the way Antique/junk shop, and sometimes they are handed down by a family member or friend.

Whatever the reason they become an integral part our furniture making and restoration processes.

There are times when a machine won’t do the fine, intricate things needed in say carving a dining chair back legs or repairing a veneer to an antique commode.

The tools of our trade can sometimes look dusty, worn but that just adds to its character and seasoning and like a fine wine only improves with age.

the not so humble hand plane
Creativity at its best
Hand planes in their varying sizes.

Hand planes in their varying sizes.

A mix of English and Japanese mortice chisels which Stuart has had for over 32 years and are still going strong.

A mix of English and Japanese mortice chisels which Stuart has had for over 32 years and are still going strong.

Japanese bench chisels are the “go to” chisel for our Fine Woodworking Classes.

Japanese bench chisels are the “go to” chisel for our Fine Woodworking Classes.

Snippets of our Gallery

Our Gallery is filled with a delicious mix of funky homewares and gorgeous furniture for your home.

We of course use recyled and sustainable timber where possible as we are passionate about preserving this great planet of ours.

You wont find our products anywhere else, because quite simply they are designed and made right here in our Brisbane Workshop .

Have a look around …

A little of everything

A little of everything

A gorgeous selection of timbers

A gorgeous selection of timbers

We delight in the different

We delight in the different

Slightly obsessed with the richness of the grain

Slightly obsessed with the richness of the grain

Perfect little something somethings

Perfect little something somethings

For some timber and furniture inspiration we invite you to our Woodworking Galler

6/32 Zillmere rd Boondall

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2 Day Furniture Making Class

We love being able to share our knowledge of woodworking. There is something just so satisfying about creating something with your own hands.

It takes you on a wonderful journey where you become totally engrossed in what you are doing right now.

You lose a sense of time, you forget about your phone, your worries and just become totally focused on the present. It is this feeling which our woodworking students have enjoyed for well over 10 years now.

Their growing list of completed furniture projects is impressive ; from bar stools, dining suites, chest of drawers to restoring partner desks, sewing machine tables as well as creating new challenges for themselves with the use of new mediums including coloured resin.

Our woodworking classes, have always been a popular option and running to full capacity, so that is why we have created our 2 DAY FURNITURE MAKING CLASS.

This 2 day workshop combines all the fundamentals of our introductory woodworking class and runs it through for 2 full days ( from 8 -5 pm)

During this period, students will design and make their very own hall table and will most definitley take it home at the end of the 2 days.

We take into account personal preferences and decor so we offer a wide range of timbers for the students to choose when it comes to making their own table.

A beautiful student project  Our 2 day Furniture Making Worksho

A beautiful student project

Our 2 day Furniture Making Worksho

Learning the art of woodworking

Learning the art of woodworking

Classic styles never date

Classic styles never date

The next classes are

September 6 - 7

October 18 - 19

We are keeping these classes small so we can take the time to ensure our students receive personal tuition from Stuart and begin their wonderful journey of woodworking.

To find out more , simply send us an email and we will forward you all the details.

We look forward to sharing some creativity with you.

What we love in August

With Spring literally just around the corner, its been wonderful to slow down and appreciate what is right in front of us.

Sunlight filled, sugar soaked mornings

Sunlight filled, sugar soaked mornings

A Winter wonderland of colour

A Winter wonderland of colour

The serenity in a beautiful sunset

The serenity in a beautiful sunset

Mother Nature in all her glory

Mother Nature in all her glory

Fireside drinks at the end of a day

Fireside drinks at the end of a day

“Sometimes the biggest things take up the most place in your heart .”

August Surfboard Making Class ... thats a wrap

Beautiful Winter Sunshiney days provided the perfect backdrop for our August Surfboard Making Class…

An eye for detail

An eye for detail

The perfect framework is an essential component

The perfect framework is an essential component

That perfect winterafternoon sunset, casting a wonderful glow

That perfect winterafternoon sunset, casting a wonderful glow

Shaping culminates all the hard work that is done before.

Shaping culminates all the hard work that is done before.

New class member, or new mascot ???

New class member, or new mascot ???

As we begin the latter part of the year, we have only 2 more classes for 2019!

Our September class begins on 26 - 29 and our

final class for the year in November 14 - 17.

If you want to do something amazing for yourself and enjoy the journey of crafting something with your own two hands, please email us and we can make this happen for you!!

A little about our Beautiful Surfboards ...

We design our surfboards with a vision of what us as surfers would like in a board. Its not just the visual , although we do think that our surfboards are ridiculously good looking, its about the performance and how they ride in the water.

The Gould

The Gould

The Gould is a cleaned up older board with a defnite 70’s vibe.

It single fin with a fuller nose outline and a tight pin tail. A low entry rocker with a flat bottom and and chimed rails.

The end result is a beautiful surfboard for all types of surfers in all types of waves .

The Dawn Surfboard

The Dawn Surfboard

The Dawn is the total package.

A classic all rounder with a concave throughh the nose , flat through the centre and rolled V in the tail.

Its a sweet reliable daily ride, the perfect workhorse

Will handle all conditions from the dribble wave to the ultimate 6 foot clean wave (and dont we wish for more of those .

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With the addition of wonderful timbers such as paulownia, cambia ash and cedar and no foam we are proud of the way our boards ride in the water .

Of course, we could go on for pages of all the finer details of our boards, but if you would like more info about our range we would love to hear from you , so send us an email and we will answer any questions you have !

Simply elegant Sideboards

Sideboard/credenza/buffet table, whatever you prefer to call this item of furniture in the house, its importance in the family home never waivers.

The not so humble sideboard , orginated around the 18th Century and became a more commom household item during the 19th century when households became more propserous , and the accumulation of material items grew.

The sideboard or buffet table, apart from looking wonderful should be an extension of the room that it is in.

It should be a part of the room’s personality and decor.

There are so many options when it comes to the sideboard; glass door, glass shelved, open storage, backlighting anyone ? the options are endless but at the end of the day the sideboard should be able to store all the wonderful precious items we use for food ocassions.

The perfect platter, the fantastic china picked up in a garage sale, the tablecloth that has been in the family for generations; they should all be stored safely and have the ability to keep these precious items in pristine condition.

Over the years, we have made variants of the sideboard, each with the owners tastes and preferences in mind.

They are always a wonderful addition to the home.

Classic appeal, sideboard custom made to blend beautifully with existing cabinetry

Classic appeal, sideboard custom made to blend beautifully with existing cabinetry

Night ambience created by the addition of lighting

Night ambience created by the addition of lighting

Sleek and elegant. Minimal yet functional

Sleek and elegant. Minimal yet functional

Beautiful recycled timber with the addition of frosted glass is the perfect addition to this Queenslander

Beautiful recycled timber with the addition of frosted glass is the perfect addition to this Queenslander

The richness of mahogany and beautiful carved features make this sideboard an outsanding additon to the room

The richness of mahogany and beautiful carved features make this sideboard an outsanding additon to the room

Cane Chair Restoration

With spring only a few weeks away (where is the year going ??) this little makeover is well timed to welcome in the new season.

A gorgeous classic cane lounge chair in dire need of some attention was transformed into a fresh , colourful new addition to this inner city Brisbane home.

A beauty in the making

A beauty in the making

Just waiting to be made over

Just waiting to be made over

A stunning result

A stunning result

Fresh , crisp and ready for spring

Fresh , crisp and ready for spring

We repaired where needed and repolished in white 2 Pack for a clean crisp backdrop to that wonderful effervescent new upholstered seat .