Founded by Ross and Juli 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. We love the fact that many of the timbers used to make a
dining table would otherwise have been 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 preserved.
Ross and Juili have well over thirty years experience in the
furniture industry. Adopting a small scale 'boutique' approach to
furniture production and retail. The team at Eclipse 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 beautiful 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 mostly underplayed and modest allowing the person
browsing in the showroom to discover the undeclared beauty within each
Eclipse's main showroom is in the Alexandria area in Sydney. Nikki, Aldo and
Ross and Julies's son Marc run the Sydney showroom with Ross and Julie
mostly running the factory in Wagga but are frequently in the showroom on