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Windsor Smith Timber Tale – Demolition

Over November 2016, Peter McManus and the team spent three weeks salvaging superb timber from the old Windsor Smith Factory in Preston. During the demolition of the Preston Windsor Smith factory, we were able to source some really wide panels (of Yellow Stringy Bark), which really shows off the full grain and detail of the timber. Check out our documentation of the demolition in our video.

 

Windsor Smith Shoe Factory

Windsor Smith was established in 1946 and what started off as a small, family-run business, has now grown into a leading footwear brand that has sold over 50 million pairs of shoes worldwide.

The two-storey factory was built in 1945 and was located on High Street in Preston. At the end of 2016, YARD assisted in the demolition of the building in order to salvage to floor joists. Through dressing the timber, we revealed beautiful features and grains underneath the initial layer.

The Windsor Smith timber can be used to make a variety of furniture pieces and is recommended for dining tables, beds, shelves, and benches.

“The wide panels allow
the full grain to show.”

FEATURES OF THE WINDSOR SMITH TIMBER

The timber naturally has a light brown finish and is full of intricate details. The wide panels allow the features to be fully displayed to create beautiful, marble-like details. The timber is enriched with local history that truly highlights its  unique characteristics. This batch is a rare find and we have limited quantities on hand.


TIMBER

Recycled Yellow Stringy Bark


LUXURIOUS TABLE TOP

40-42mm

“Enriched with history
and unique character.”

DESIGNED WITH PASSION

Peter McManus is the designer behind the entire YARD range. Each salv aged beam recycled has its own narrative, a story to be told. Peter’s like a storyteller, every piece of furniture reveals another chapter within YARD’s chronicle. His carpentry background combined with his creative mind leaves no stone unturned when it comes to beautifully crafted, timeless timber pieces.

CRAFTED WITH CARE

Once the rough recycled timbers are de-nailed and machined, they then reveal their true character. From this point, the creative chapter begins.
Peter along with a small team of passionate woodworkers make our pieces right here on site in Preston.

FINISHED TO PERFECTION

Each piece is finished by hand with precision and attention to detail.
YARD uses environmentally friendly hard wax finish which brings each timber and it’s story to life.

Del Monti Suits Factory

1989 Del Monti Suits advertisement.

Del Monti suits opening in the early 1970s operating as one of Australia’s first direct-to-public manufacturers. With the majority of suits made on-site, Del Monti was widely known for it’s high quality suits. The slogan ‘look good, feel good, are good’ was the core of it’s advertising in the 80s. The company employed 60 plus locals and was regarded as the Melbourne’s ‘go-to’ tailor made suit company.

In 1994, Del Monti Suits ceased manufacturing and remained operating as a retailer. Early 2000s saw the company shut down, ending a successful 30-year venture as Melbourne’s suit company. Twelve months ago, the original Del Monti building was demolished for redevelopments in the form of apartments. YARD Furniture seized the opportunity to give new life to an icon of Melbourne. We’re creating recycled timber furniture that look good, feel good, are good.

“Timbers that
look good, feel good,
are good”

FEATURES OF THE DEL MONTI TIMBER

A glorious burnt brown with dark, illustrious feature sets Del Monti timbers apart. The light and dark sections of each timber panel make it versatile, with the ability to complete any room. Just as Del Monti tailor-made suits, YARD crafts customised furniture for you. Del Monti timbers can be made into a range of furniture, from beds to tables to entertainment units.


TIMBERS

SELECTED RECYCLED MIXED HARDWOODS


THICKNESS

40MM

“Just as Del Monti tailor-made suits,
YARD crafts customised furniture for you.”

DESIGNED WITH PASSION

Peter McManus is the designer behind the entire YARD range. Each salvaged beam recycled has its own narrative, a story to be told. Peter’s like a storyteller, every piece of furniture reveals another chapter within YARD’s chronicle. His carpentry background combined with his creative mind leaves no stone unturned when it comes to beautifully crafted, timeless timber pieces.

CRAFTED WITH CARE

Once the rough recycled timbers are de-nailed and machined, they then reveal their true character. From this point, the creative chapter begins.
Peter along with a small team of passionate woodworkers make our pieces right here on site in Preston.

FINISHED TO PERFECTION

Each piece is finished by hand with precision and attention to detail.
YARD uses environmentally friendly hard wax finish which brings each timber and it’s story to life.

New life is breathed into salvaged timber treasures

A PRESTON furniture maker is causing a stir selling small pieces of Melbourne’s history.
Peter McManus has carved a niche for himself creating “statement pieces” with timber salvaged from Melbourne landmarks including the NGV, Jam Factory, Don Smallgoods factory and even AMCOR.
“Most of my timber comes from commercial demolition,” Mr McManus said.

“It’s the type of thing where I have contact with various demolition companies, and there are a few of us out there, so it’s a bit of a ‘stake your claim’ kind of thing.”
Mr McManus opened YARD Furniture last year after a career in the building industry and in teaching.
“I was doing this in the background, then I sort of brought it into the foreground four years ago, and

we’ve gone from stride to stride,” he said.
“It’s taken me a little while to build up to the position we’re in now, but I’ve got timber stocks and racks full of timbers that came from different locations.”
Mr McManus’ latest acquisition is a stack of brown stringybark timber, which will now find its way into Melbourne homes in the form of couches, tables and chairs.

As seen in Preston Leader, June 2016.

The NGV Timber Tale

The National Art Gallery of Victoria opened in 1968.

The National Gallery of Victoria – known as the NGV is
Australia’s oldest and most visited gallery with almost
2.3 million people visited the NGV last year. It is one of
Melbourne’s most popular attractions, not only for tourists,
but loved by locals.

The iconic NGV located on St Kilda Rd opened in 1968
and was designed by Sir Roy Grounds. 30 years on, the
Mario Bellini took on the opportunity to redesign the iconic
building.In 2003 it re-opened after shutting for 4 years due
to renovations. YARD Furniture has sourced timber stored
since the renovations and is now crafting it into beautiful,
bespoke furniture.

The Strathewen table has been built using the NGV timber.
YARD Furniture can create a range of furniture pieces using
the NGV timbers, contact us to discover how you can own
a piece of Melbourne history.

“The subtle tones
gently bring the Strathewen
table to life.”

FEATURES OF THE NGV TIMBER

The blonde, subtle tones gently bring the Strathewen Table to life. Perfectly contrasting with the bold, darkness of the legs, the NGV timber illuminates the space. Just as art increased in value with time, so too does our NGV timber. Each table is as unique in timber as visually stunning in design.


TIMBERS

RECYCLED ASH TIMBER


LUXURIOUS TABLE TOP

35-40MM THICKNESS

“As art values with
time, so too does our
furniture.”

DESIGNED WITH PASSION

Peter McManus is the designer behind the entire YARD range. Each salvaged beam recycled has its own narrative, a story to be told. Peter’s like a storyteller, every piece of furniture reveals another chapter within YARD’s chronicle. His carpentry background combined with his creative mind leaves no stone unturned when it comes to beautifully crafted, timeless timber pieces.

CRAFTED WITH CARE

Once the rough recycled timbers are de-nailed and machined, they then reveal their true character. From this point, the creative chapter begins.
Peter along with a small team of passionate woodworkers make our pieces right here on site in Preston.

FINISHED TO PERFECTION

Each piece is finished by hand with precision and attention to detail.
YARD uses environmentally friendly hard wax finish which brings each timber and it’s story to life.

The Don – Timber Table

The Don Altona North Factory opened in 1970.

YARD is thrilled to have a batch of Recycled Grey ironbark salvaged from the demolition of the Altona North Don Factory.

Don Smallgoods was established in 1947 by butcher R.J. Gilbertson. Gilbertson began producing processed meat products from his Essendon store. A fellow butcher suggested he name the product range using the last three letters of their suburb, hence `Don’ was born. The produce was a selling success which lead Gilbertson to expand his business, building a factory in Altona. In 1970, the business underwent further expansion and a new factory was built in Altona North.

Don is one of Australia’s most recognisable brands. Their 1990 campaign `Is Don. Is Good.’ continues to be a well known and loved slogan to this day.

“The timbers depth
of colour and surface grain
creates a striking effect.”

FEATURES OF THE DON

The timbers depth of colour and surface grain creates a striking effect. The timbers history is still being cured here at YARD. The timbers narrative will enliven conversation in any space. Each table is unique in timber as visually stunning in design.


TIMBERS

RECYCLED GREY IRONBARK


LUXURIOUS TABLE TOP

55-60MM THICKNESS

“The timbers history
is still being cured
here at YARD.”

DESIGNED WITH PASSION

Peter McManus is the designer behind the entire YARD range. Each salv aged beam recycled has its own narrative, a story to be told. Peter’s like a storyteller, every piece of furniture reveals another chapter within YARD’s chronicle. His carpentry background combined with his creative mind leaves no stone unturned when it comes to beautifully crafted, timeless timber pieces.

CRAFTED WITH CARE

Once the rough recycled timbers are de-nailed and machined, they then reveal their true character. From this point, the creative chapter begins.
Peter along with a small team of passionate woodworkers make our pieces right here on site in Preston.

FINISHED TO PERFECTION

Each piece is finished by hand with precision and attention to detail.
YARD uses environmentally friendly hard wax finish which brings each timber and it’s story to life.

The Jam – Timber Table

The Jam Factory was built in 1858 in South Yarra.

The Jam Factory is one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings dating back to 1858. Originally serving as a brewery until 1876, the factory then became the Victorian Preserve Factory. It was Prahan’s largest employer at the time, creating jobs for 230 locals.

Sections of the original Jam Factory building underwent redevelopments in late 2015 creating the opportunity to give the timbers a second life.

“The timber is rich with
swirling depths of colour,
its natural features
breathe history.”

FEATURES OF THE JAM

The Jam’s design is modern, practical yet sophisticated. The timber is rich with swirling depths of colour, its natural features breathe history into every design. The timbers narrative will enliven conversation in any space. Each table is unique in timber as visually stunning in design.

TIMBERS

RECYCLED GREY IRONBARK

or RECYCLED BROWN BARREL STRINGYBARK (pictured)

LUXURIOUS TABLE TOP

55-60MM THICKNESS

“The Jam table is
a topic of conversation.”

DESIGNED WITH PASSION

Peter  McManus is the designer behind the entire YARD range. Each salv aged beam recycled has its own narrative, a story to be told. Peter’s like a storyteller, every piece of furniture reveals another chapter within YARD’s chronicle. His carpentry background combined with his creative mind leaves no stone unturned when it comes to beautifully crafted, timeless timber pieces.

CRAFTED WITH CARE

Once the rough recycled timbers are de-nailed and machined, they then reveal their true character. From this point, the creative chapter begins.
Peter along with a small team of passionate woodworkers make our pieces right here on site in Preston.

FINISHED TO PERFECTION

Each piece is finished by hand with precision and attention to detail.
YARD uses environmentally friendly hard wax finish which brings each timber and it’s story to life.