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Maker Profile: Michael Woodberry Recycled Timber

February 19, 2015
Maker Profile: Michael Woodberry Recycled Timber

Michael Woodberry’s recycled timber and steel vintage and industrial furniture venture began nearly six years ago.

A former welder and metalworker, Michael Woodberry worked amongst Melbourne’s furniture precinct, Collingwood before moving with his family to country Victoria. Here he relished the opportunity to source an abundance of one-off old wares and beautiful quality solid timber. These characteristically unique industrial materials Michael Woodberry reclaims and combines with timber and metals into bespoke furniture pieces.

Combining recycled timber, salvaged metals and custom made steel pieces,Michael Woodberry creates hand-made unique and original designs with antiquity and an individual aesthetic valued by his clients.

His collection of recycled materials has included solid timber from old wharfs, vintage and hard-to-find quality furniture. Metals are heavy-duty, industrial pieces and timber and metal fusions include old railway carriage doors on original heavy metal castors and vintage trolleys remade into practical and stylish coffee tables.


Combining raw materials means that Michael Woodberry’s pieces are bespoke, solid and a higher quality than larger scale furniture manufactures. Michael Woodberry is a one-man show; his values are recognizing what his client needs and working with them throughout the design process to create custom furniture with a story.

Michael Woodberry prides his value to the customer experience beyond the transactional; often with a visit to his country warehouse the client is involved in a creative adventure. Michael Woodberry values sustainability ethics, reclaiming vintage and minimizing waste, recycling pieces and salvaged metal work, using only environmental finishes and minimizing any use of plastic products ensures both quality of the product and sustainable practice.


Aged metal, recycled timber and reclaiming quality one-off pieces is all part of Michael Woodberry’s creative values; an opportunity for Australian-made, custom built characteristic furniture pieces. His clients regularly ask for powder coating techniques applied to recycled timber for a vintage finish, creating dining tables with a story made with solid timber and aging metal for a rustic aesthetic that is both durable and practical, but has a romantic appeal.

Constructing a fusion of rustic, reclaimed designs from old signage inlays, up cycled vintage paraphernalia sourced from country Victoria’s best-kept secrets, salvaged industrial shelving, aged metal framework for bar stools, solid bench seating, vintage coffee tables and entertainment units are reclaimed and created individually bespoke.

Michael Woodberry’s love for collecting recycled and industrial materials has led him to find his creative niche combining metalwork with timber and designing eclectic and covetable furniture pieces for clients’ businesses and homes that are interested in something extraordinarily unique.

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