Sunday, 29 November 2015


Sorry for late notice!
This is what Rapt! is up to today (Sunday 29th NOvember).
I'll be joining an eclectic collection of Illawarra "artisans" - not just any-old hoy-poloy - but top-end makers of all sorts of interesting stuff.

Where:  Wollongong TownHall 
When:    10am - 4pm
What:     Arts, handcrafts, food, music, workshops, children's play sessions

Hope to maybe see you there…  here's a few of the things going from here:

Sunday, 15 November 2015


New into store (online, showroom and of course - at the WILD RUMPUS MAKERS' MARKET Wollongong Townhall 29th November), more simply Amoozing doorstops. Lovingly made in Jamberoo from remnant upholstery materials and local beach sand.

Perfect Christmas pressie for the difficult-to-shop-for perhaps?

They're $35 each or $30 each for 2 or more.
(available in many other fabrics - less A-Moozing of course!)

Thursday, 12 November 2015


Just finished this lovely set of cane furniture (circa 1970s). Replaced the now-useless Pirelli webbing, and made all new cushions (using high density foam). Nearly all the covers have mis-matched fronts/backs - making it possible to mix up the look for conventional, or, quirky style.
Pirelli webbing Before

new elastic webbing

Monday, 9 November 2015


Meet the Maker

My talented photographer friend Linda Faiers came to Bottoms' End (my workshop) yesterday to do a photo shoot, at the request of the Wild Rumpus team who will use the pics for marketing their Makers' Market at the end of this month (Sunday 29th November 2016, 10-4, Wollongong Town Hall).
Here are some of the results, some including Pipsqueak (my apprentice) who was determined not to miss out on the action.

Sunday, 8 November 2015


I recently was gifted this set of 5 art deco dining chairs - in shabby condition (upholstery and timber finish) but otherwise structurally perfect. Much heavier than modern diners!
I fully restored one - refinished timber and completely reupholstered - with the intention of doing the others when there was time. However those 4 were snapped up in their existing condition by a regular client, with a very good chairy-eye, who loves DIY.
I've still got the fully-restored one (it's listed for sale in the Rapt online store). The fabrics are a combination of sumptuous velvets from Warwick.
before and after
timber refinished (left) and original right


I've been tardy in posting on this site since discovering Instagram - which I'm now hooked on! 
Link to the Instagram site is attached on the right of home page if you'd like to keep up to date with Rapt in detail. 
Here's a summary of what we've been doing lately:
Before, showing Zepel fabric on left