“I met my love by the gas works wall…..”
When Johnny and I met over 20 years ago and danced to Dirty Old Town we knew it was the start of something wonderful!
But as with most things wonderful, it took a while to happen.
There were the party years in inner city Sydney, travel, children, a mortgage and a move to the country.
The road was often rocky, the future sometimes uncertain, but at the end of the day that something wonderful prevailed and here we are living our dream...
Welcome to Dirty Old Town Furniture.
After years of watching Johnny transform old timber and materials into beautiful pieces of furniture, I am still in awe with the result when a piece is close to completion. Johnny often says that anyone can do what he does.
All you need is some know how, tools and timber. But I tend to disagree, to me there is a certain artistry involved that you can’t pick up at your local hardware shop, “… and I’ll have a bag of creative talent with that please”.
While I am all for DIY projects and encourage anyone with an urge to make and create, it takes a certain eye to look at something old and see that you can turn it into something pretty special.
Get the structure down, fine, but then there are all the extra bits that make a piece unique. Selecting the right timbers, putting them in the right place and getting the most out of every material that you use.
Taking time to sand and sand again. To experiment with resin and make your own fillers, and sand again. To lacquer, to oil, to lacquer, to oil and sand again. To add in little extra bits at the end, vintage metal, salvaged tin, in just the right place, and sand again. Here is the art, here is the love, here is the soul. This you cannot replicate, borrow or steal. This is what makes a piece of original Dirty Old Town Furniture unique.
We carefully source rare reclaimed timbers from our local area, then design and hand make unique pieces of Furniture and other homely goods. Each piece is a one off that will never be re-created or mass produced.
Our Showroom is located in the lush green hills of Eureka. Open by appointment, Eureka is 30 mins from Byron, Mullum & Lismore and 15 mins from Bangalow.