Founded by Ross and Julie Triffit, Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture have
been manufacturing quality, solid timber furniture for in excess of 30
years. For most of that time Eclipse have specialised in the use of
unique indigenous hardwood timbers to handcraft unique pieces of
furniture. The timbers used to create these pieces are mostly salvaged
timber from dead trees on private properties or recycled timber from old
buildings. These hardwood timbers reflect the harsh Australian
environment that the tree has been exposed to, in some cases easily
for over two to three hundred years.
'We don't destroy Mother Nature's beautiful
creation; we give it the gift of immortality'.
The timber in each Eclipse dining table has its own signature and story
to tell. Ross and Julie love the fact that most of the timber used
to make for example a statement piece dining table would otherwise be
wasted in some way. The timber is salvaged from old dead trees or
from old buildings and turned it into a treasured piece of furniture that
will be around for literally generations. These beautiful and unique
timbers are part of our natural heritage and they deserve to be
Ross and Juilie have over thirty years experience in the
furniture industry. Adopting a small scale 'boutique' approach to
furniture production and retail, Ross and Juilie aim to provide customers
with an individual and tailored service. Eclipse employs nine
craftsmen at different levels in their Wagga Wagga based factory. Each
craftsman is dedicated and passionate in the work they do and they strive
to uphold the Eclipse ethos.
Exposing Nature's Secrets.
Ross's affinity with the beauty inherent in Australian Eucalypt
Timbers started when he was growing up on a farm chopping up firewood. He
observed the different colours, textures and densities within different
types of eucalypts. Then his passion for Eucalypt timbers grew rapidly
when his business started using some recycled hardwood to make furniture
when they started to graduate from using softer timbers which back in the
late eighties was mainly recycled Baltic and Hoop pine as well as old
One of Ross's other earlier influences came from his late Grandmother's
hobby of lapidary (the art of polishing stones).
'It was fascinating seeing a very ordinary looking stone go through
the polishing process and being absolutely gob smacked when it came out.
It was amazing to see the beautiful colours and patterns in what was once
just an ordinary stone and this is very similar to what we do at Eclipse
but with timber.
The exterior of most of the naturally felled tree's we use is
often seen as being drab and uninteresting but once the timber is dressed
and polished up, an amazing arrays of colour and intricate patterns
appear. Each piece of timber is unique just like the stones
that his grandmother used to polish up. "We aim to expose this beauty,
turning a once discarded dead tree into a practical functional and high
value item that can be used and admired for generations."
Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture's creations reveal the immense
variations that are inherent in Australian hardwoods, many having lots of
beautiful 'natural features' such as gum veins, sap pockets and many
other very interesting things that makes the piece being created
Dining tables especially, become a fantastic showcase for these
beautiful timbers and all their individual and unique characteristics.
Finishing most dining tables the natural way with an oil obviously
compliments the natural look in the wood. In creating tables this
way Ross recognises a connection with the ancient Japanese concept
of Wabi Sabi - the art of
finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature.
Eclipse designs are underplayed and modest allowing the person browsing
in the showroom to discover the undeclared beauty within each piece.
Eclipse's main showroom is in the Alexandria area in Sydney. The showroom in Sydney is
quite large with in excess of sixty tables on display at any time
including what might be in the storage area at any time. The factory in
Wagga has moved in recent months to bigger premises in a new location in
Wagga where they now only have a small display area but it's worth going
there just to be taken out into the factory to see all the furniture