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  • 334 Victoria Road, Gladesville,NSW australia Ph: 02-98176999
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  • Antique Foundry Patterns reinvented as Furniture by Wildwood Designs Sydney

    Antique Foundry Coffee Table with GlassTop

    Antique Foundry Coffee Table with GlassTop

    foundry pattern dining table

    foundry sugar mill rustic console

    foundry sugar mill rustic console

    Wildwood Designs furniture in Sydney can be credited for being outstandingly creative with a new 2015 series of timber furnishings made from antique foundry patterns.

    Steam engine foundry pattern side table

    Steam engine foundry pattern side table

    Foundry patterns are hand made shapes which were made as models for metal machinery parts and many of them date back to the 1800’s. “Pattern making is a long lost trade which required the pattern maker to be an expert at both wood working and engineering.” says Juliet Barr of Wildwood Designs furniture in Sydney Australia.

    “I have met several pattern makers over the years at our Gladesville furniture shop, they tend to be men in their 80’s with lots of stories to tell about the old foundry’s they used to work in. It is sadly a trade that isn’t really required in Australia. The outsourcing and mass production of machinery from China has pretty much destroyed this trade and the demand for it. Which is why our furnishings are so special because they are made from pieces of Australia’s industrial history.”

    Foundry pattern coffee table - Antique Legs new birdseye blackbutt top recreated by Wildwood Designs

    Foundry pattern coffee table – Antique Legs new birdseye blackbutt top recreated by Wildwood Designs

    Juliet says, “My husband Pete has always had a bit of a thing for reinventing and recycling wood and he especially loves to be creative with old foundry patterns by making them into unique reinvented objects of art..which happen to be functional furnishings as well.  Pete is a tinker and has an inventive eye. He sees what something might become, while other people think something might be junk to be discarded.”

    ” About 10 years ago he started dabbling in foundry patterns from an old QLD Sugar Mill dated back to 1868 where they had take their machinery on site. The patterns were one stop from the tip. There were many interesting shaped hand made pattern molds had to be made for every metal component that went into making the functional sugar mill.”

    “Patterns were often dated and numbered so they could be copied. Where possible we try to keep the original numbers and markings by the pattern maker.”

    foundry mirror

    foundry mirror

    Juliet Barr and Peter Crutchfield unique recycled foundry pattern mirror Wildwood Designs Sydney

    sugarmill table  Wildwood Designs

    sugarmill table Wildwood Designs

    Peter Crutchfield at his unique foundry pattern round table

    Peter Crutchfield at his unique foundry pattern round table

     

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