What an incredible set of pocket watch
stands. If you haven't been following our pocket watch stand journey
this past month, then you might be wondering what this is all about. A
few weeks ago, we invited woodcrafters to join us on our quest for an
Australian pocket watch stand. The idea being that with the finished
work you could display both Aussie craftsmanship, and your pocket watch.
Well we finally got our first sets in and we are very excited.
The stands are crafted from a selection of different and unique wood
types with the first four being made by Australian woodcraftsman Manni,
and the last made by Australian woodcraftsman, David.
The first two are crafted from Tasmanian timber, one being made from
Blackheart Sassafras, and the other being made from Myrtle. The first
thing I noticed when I picked up these ones is that they have an uncanny
and distinct 'Tasmanian' scent to them.
The third one is made from River Red Gum. What is cool about these
particular pieces is that they feature figuring in the wood known as
‘fiddleback’, giving them that unique striping pattern that dances in
the light. The fourth is made from a tree growth known as a Burl.
Working with Burls is a time-consuming process. They must first be
dried, then machined and rested in multiple stages, sanded, and finally
polished. Which from start to finish may take place over a couple of
weeks to several months depending on the size.
You can check out our full write up about making the Burl pocket watch stand here: https://mailchi.mp/1275cf51cc03/and-the-winner-is-13384782?e=b47d12b684
The fifth is made from Red Cedar and has a very cool story behind it.
"The back story of the Cedar is it came from the original balustrade in
Brisbane Town Hall that was salvaged by the builder who replaced it. It
was destined for the tip until I realised that it was old growth timber,
hundreds of years old and which cannot be bought these days."
These stands are the perfect companion for your desk to display your
prized pocked watches and we couldn't be happier with how they turned
out - each of them being completely unique and completely Australian
Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras
Fiddleback River Red Gum
Burl from the root of a Yellow Mallee
This Red Cedar stand was made by David -
'The Box Junkie' with salvaged old growth timber from Brisbane Town