The Bowerhaus Contributors

Everyone loves getting a little bit of the story behind their Bowerhaus purchase. To that end we've cajoled and pleaded and asked quite nicely that our Bowerhaus contributors share a little bit of their passion here with you.

 

Steve Swan

Furniture Restoration, Found Industria and Replica Signage

Matthew Hicks

Bicycles

John Bartholomew

Furniture restoration & creation, reuse art

Margaret Carey

Art featuring salvaged materials, ephemera & bric-a-brac

Richard Stansfield

Creative reuse & upcycled art

Greg Nabke

Work Benches and Machinery restoration

 







Steve Swan

Furniture restoration, Found Industria and Replica Signage




"I've never actually had a woodwork lesson in my life, or for that matter worked in any sort of job that involved wood-working.

My love of making things began, as it did for many blokes of the baby boomer generation, building Airfix construction kits of model aeroplanes, then it was a natural progression up to dioramas and model rail layouts.

My next brush with creativity came when I was at Uni. To relax I started to built a whole wild west town on a 6' x 4' board complete with saloon, bank, livery stables, sheriffs office and jail all scratch built out of bits and pieces....The Bower seed was planted......

When it was finished and I was finished studying, I looked at it and wondered what on earth you do with a scale model of a wild west town, especially when your wife poses the question "what are you going to do with that"?

As I thought about it, it occurred to me that if I was to up the scale to full size.....I could actually make furniture in the same way as I was able to make scale models.....Thus it began.

That was nearly 20 years ago

Firstly I filled our house... then our relatives benefited, then our friends, neighbours and work colleagues....I was on fire! ...but there is only so much you can fit into one house........Then my salvation came at the turn of the Millennium The Bower and I discovered one another!. I love the Bower!

I've done all sorts of pieces over the years, I really like industrial art creations best of all, making coffee tables from odd bits of industry that sort of thing, old furniture brought back to life, things from the back of sheds and garages salvaged from the brink of landfill, the bigger the challenge the greater the thrill."

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Matthew Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refurbished Bicycles

 

 

 

 

"My interest in bicycles began as a teenager… there seemed to a plentiful supply of sorry looking old bikes protruding from council clean up piles that made their way home where they would be gradually re-invigorated and re-released into cycling society.

The mechanical simplicity of the bicycle means that many parts can be interchanged regardless of make or model, so that even the un-restorable examples are able to pass on parts to rebuild better examples. It’s a highly efficient form of recycling as very little is discarded… From time to time this allows for ‘custom’ or ‘re-invented’ bikes created with a little artistic flair!

As a regular contributor to the Bower, I aim to provide bicycles that are both attractive and reliable, and that encourage ongoing use. It’s always very heartening to see one or more of my old projects waiting in the bicycle rack at the local markets or being ridden along a back street… ‘Re-cycling’ in its best form!"

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Greg Nabke

Work Benches and Machinery restoration






Greg fixes up and tinkers with all sorts of forgotten tools, machinery and bits of furniture, he has been a key person in The Bowers history and has always had an emphasis on the workshop, this in turn spills over to his restored industrial consignment items. If you have ever purchased a bench or machine from us then it's a fair bet Greg has repaired it in some way.


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Margaret Carey

Art featuring salvaged materials, ephemera & bric-a-brac

 

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Richard Stansfield

 

 

Creative reuse & upcycled art

“I studied fine art and design for many years, so getting creative with a piece of furniture feels the same as creating a sculpture, sometimes it's a blank canvas – say a set of four wobbly white chairs crying out to be fixed up then stencil painted using my grandmas old lace table cloth! Other times the furniture may already have character that's just faded and been neglected, then I may have to replace parts and re-do upholstery in a contrasting modern fabric so it can not only be proud of its history but proud of it's future too.

Other times I just can't stand to see waste, so it's about getting creative quickly before it ends up in the skip, I started making record fruit bowls out of vinyl records because no one wanted to buy them as records, and now I really enjoy seeing what new shapes I can make, they probably sell better that anything I’ve ever made.”

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John Bartholomew

Furniture restoration & creation, reuse art


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Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 11:47