A Craftsman’s Journey – wooden signs, boxes, and other treasures

Hello, my name is Andrew Wilkerson and welcome to my blog. It’s been an exciting decade for me and I feel I have a lot to share so I thought I’d start a blog, even if only for my own record. I will try to make it interesting reading for customers and others who may click through from my website as well.

I welcome any comments or ideas, even if you aren’t interested in woodworking I’m happy to hear your thoughts on any subject.

I plan to use this little space of the web to talk about the work I do and the business I run – Australian Workshop Creations which I started online in 2004 and have been busy woodworking ever since.  My website was long over due for an upgrade although it has served me well as more and more people turn to the web to find anything they so desire.

I still remember the early days trying to explain to people that my customers come from the internet, this was still a relativity new concept for business in Australia back in 2004 and at first it was quite difficult to get people to even look online for my website let alone buy anything.

Slowly over the years online shopping has become much more popular as we all know.  People now search online for wooden signs and wooden boxes, these are the main areas of my woodworking business although I have made all kinds of things for customers as the requests for custom made items increased.  I will be sharing some of these projects on this blog.

Thank you for reading and please check back to this space often if you are interested in woodworking, working with hand tools, trees and the environment, sustainable living or starting your own small business.

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The Box in a fence post Post?

Well, I think that title is a bit hard to roll of the tongue but I guess it describes this well…

This should take you through to a slide show where you can see my process in creating a wooden box from an old Red Gum fence post using hand tools.

Hopefully it works, the pictures are quite large so it may take a while to load but it’s worth it I hope!

It’s an ‘old post’ that I put on G+ a while ago.

Old Post of an Old Post….. hmm.. maybe I should change that title again!

This is the kind of story I want to show on this blog, I will go into the history of my woodworking business and describe the process involved in making with simple hand tools and why these skills are still important to learn in a world so reliant on machines. I hope you enjoy.