ICONIC PIECES FROM THE YARD Craftsman turns salvaged timber from Victorian landmarks into stunning furniture, writes Mark Bunker. Every piece of furniture can be customised to the customers needs, says craftsman and director of YARD furniture Peter McManus. With a 30-year passion for salvaging timbers, Mr McManus draws on his skills as a carpenter and extensive knowledge as a TAFE educator to create products that are as impressive aesthetically as they are practical. “Being able to source large quantities of eucalypt from Victorian landmarks such as the National Gallery NGV, Jam Factory in South Yarra, the former Fairfield paper mill and, more recently, the original Windsor Smith factory in Prahran, has allowed us to use timber that is beautiful and enriched with local history,” Mr McManus said.Late last year, YARD helped in the demolition of the Windsor Smith building to salvage its floor joists. “Through dressing the timber, we revealed beautiful features and grains underneath the initial layer,” Mr McManus said. The salvaged timber was used to make furniture including dining tables, beds, shelves and benches. Mr McManus said the past two years of developing products had enabled him to stamp his signature of quality and integrity as a handmade seller. “Though resources can be scarce, we continue to evolve by always looking for a sustainable edge and letting the timber do the talking,” he said. The Leader, February 2017.