Founded by Ross and Juilie Triffit, Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture have
been manufacturing quality, solid timber furniture for now well over
twenty five years. For most of that time Eclipse have specialised in the
use of unique indigenous hardwood timbers to handcrafted unique pieces of
furniture. The timbers used to create these pieces are either salvaged
timber from dead trees on private properties or recycled timber from old
buildings. Eclipse prides itself on having a very eco friendly approach
to what they do.
'We don't destroy Mother Nature's beautiful
creation; we give it the gift of immortality'.
WHAT WE MAKE:
The main items on offer are solid timber dining
tables as well as matching
sideboards/buffets/credenzas. Otherwise Eclipse also manufactures
consoles/hall tables and coffee tables in a variety of sizes in a variety
of timbers. In fact Eclipse can produce many other different
special order pieces such as bedroom furniture, desks and bookcases just
to mention a few.
The timber in each Eclipse dining table has its own signature and story
to tell. We love the fact that most of the timber used would
otherwise be wasted in some way, the timber is salvaged from old
dead trees or from old buildings and turned it into a beautiful and
unique 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 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 soft timbers which back in the
late eighties was mainly recycled Baltic and Hoop pine as well as
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
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