Competitive edge

FROM an early age, O’Connor’s David Eastwood was fascinated by the potential of timber.

His painstaking approach to woodwork was instilled in him by his father, who had a shed full of wood and tools.

“I thought dad could help me make anything I dreamed up,” he says.

For the last 12 years Eastwood’s business, Raw Edge Furniture, has been making unique craft pieces from recycled WA timber and premium woods like American Walnut, French Oak and Birch Plywood.

When Eastwood launched the business in 2005, bespoke timber furniture was a niche market, but now he needs to be creative to stay ahead of the game.

Originally only making solid furniture like dining tables, credenzas and beds, Raw Edge has diversified into pieces for kitchens and bathrooms, and even custom storage units.

“We are constant wood hunters when it comes to recycled timbers like jarrah, marri, blackbutt and tuart,” Eastwood says.

“Finding the right timber for the job can prove to be time consuming at times, but critical for the outcome.”

Eastwood says his furniture is inspired by prolific south west artists Russell Sheridan and Linda Scrolys.

He’s always looking at ways to raise his high standards and wants to emulate high-end furniture makers like George Nakashima.

“We are fortunate to work and collaborate with some talented designers and architects in developing and constructing beautiful fit-outs in some beautiful houses,” Eastwood says.

“When the fit-out is paired with our furniture—that’s a glowing moment for us.”

Spencer Parks became a partner in Raw Edge about two years ago and specialises in contemporary design.

From start to finish, a piece could be inspired by “five different things in one”, and Park’s meticulous nature for clean lines and oil finishes is key, says Eastwood.

by JACKSON LAVELL-LEE

Raw Edge Furniture
Murphy Street, O’Connor
9331 1702

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