The school holidays allow me to range a little further abroad - not having to be back home for school pick up time. I had received an invitation to a really exciting furniture designer's studio in Yallingup,so I decided now was the time!
Nathan Day Designs is based in a very beautiful part of Western Australia. Just minutes from the wild coastline of the Indian Ocean and situated in a working vineyard, stands a modern airy shed fitted with beautiful woodworking equipment, some of it vintage. Surrounding the shed are containers housing storage and a spray booth - Nathan's business is expanding as his elegant furniture is discovered by more and more people.
I learnt so much about wood from this visit! Nathan has studied in Industrial Design and further trained in his craft in England. He possesses a real flair for design and merges the latest technology with skills passed down over time. I loved seeing how he ebonized jarrah, a new way of treating this reddish timber with a solution made from steel wool and vinegar. This produces a dark purple black stain, so popular in interiors lately as a foil for white walls and art.
Native timbers such as jarrah and blackbutt can be easier to work with, being conditioned to our climate but exotics can literally spring from the cutting blade, having been processed in a short space of time for export. An expert furniture maker will know how to work with this and Nathan works with a wide variety of exotics, as well as West Australian native species.
Thankyou Nathan, for being so generous with your time and knowledge. To top the day off, we only had to travel 3 minutes to a popular tourist destination, Canal Rocks. The raw power of the sea surging through the granite boulders and the wild, fresh wind invigorated us. Imagine having this inspiration so close to your workplace!
Just down the road from this rugged coast is an inviting restaurant called Barnyard 1978. We lunched here, cosy and snug, gazing at the verdant paddocks from our window table. Barnyard is a pasta restaurant, but the pasta looked so good we tucked in before I remembered to photograph! So here is a photo of the pulled pork sliders instead!