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FIFO worker and devoted family man, Ric, inherited a passion for woodwork from his cabinet-making grandfather and creates one-of-a-kind timber and steel homewares and useful objects as a side-line business

30 April 2021

Designer Spotlight: Woodwork in Ric’s Shed

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FIFO Family man & timber craftsman, Ric: ‘I feel my job is to highlight the natural grain and characteristics of each unique piece of wood’

Hi my name is Ric and I’m the craftsman behind Woodwork in Ric’s Shed.

Camphor laurel timber reusable coffee mug hand-turned by Woodwork in Ric’s Shed

Currently I work in the mining industry in the north of Western Australia which I enjoy, but my true enjoyment - when I am not travelling the world or seeing our beautiful home state in our caravan - is my weekends working with wood in my shed.

Ric at work with the drill in his shed; ‘My true enjoyment… is my weekends working with wood in my shed.’

I am a family man who has been married for 37 years to my lovely wife Robyn and together we have four beautiful children who we are lucky enough to have living within five minutes of our home. This makes visiting with our growing number of grandchildren very easy.

Ric and his wife of 37 years, Robyn on one of their caravanning adventures

My grandfather was a cabinet maker and I remember helping him with many projects in his workshop. This nurtured my initial interest in wood. To this day we still have a mid-century modern sideboard and some coffee tables he made in our home.

A series of turned timber coffee cups in progress; ‘My grandfather was a cabinet maker and I remember helping him with many projects in his workshop.’

Our son also has inherited a keen interest in woodworking and has his own online business selling bespoke pepper and salt grinders.

Ric at work turning a coffee mug at the lathe in full face shield; ‘All my life I have been experimenting with wood and steel’

All my life I have been experimenting with wood and steel and have made many unique items with both these materials including an outdoor bar for my own patio, one of a kind driftwood art work and driftwood accessories for my home, salvaged from local beaches.

Even an art piece Ric created for his home from driftwood pieces collected at local beaches serves some function as a shelf

I love the process of choosing a piece of wood and turning it into something beautiful. I feel my job is to highlight the natural grain and characteristics of each unique piece of wood to the best of my ability.

An egg-shaped turned timber engagement ring presentation box; ‘I love the process of choosing a piece of wood and turning it into something beautiful.’

Learning new woodworking techniques and experimenting with design and form makes me feel happy and fulfilled.

A raw-edge timber shelf in Ric’s home; ‘I gain a lot of pleasure from people using and appreciating my creations.’

I gain a lot of pleasure from people using and appreciating my creations. Madeit has provided us with the opportunity to market my pieces to a wider audience who have an appreciation for Australian made products and specialised craftsmanship.

FIFO worker and devoted family man, Ric, inherited a passion for woodwork from his cabinet-making grandfather and creates one-of-a-kind timber and steel homewares and useful objects as a side-line business

I enjoy problem solving and working from requests to make bespoke items. My children and family have all benefited from my skills by having handmade cots, children’s play tables, and other furniture such as the beautiful bespoke clock I made for my daughter with wood we chose together. I now recreate this item with interesting and varied native timbers to create special, one-of-a kind pieces for my store.

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