Where are you located?
Flowing Wood Designs is based in Perth Western Australia. All timber machining and joinery work is carried out in our commercial workshop located in Osborne Park. The resin and sculpture work is done in a dedicated home studio where it's dust free, temperature controlled and (arguably most importantly) quiet. This is the perfect environment to create!
Do you ship Australia wide?
Yes! We can ship Australia wide to your door! We have shipped large tables and furniture to the East coast of Australia, as well as regional areas. We also don't make a profit on shipping, we only charge you what the courier charges us!
How much does a table cost?
This is a tricky one to answer as there are so many variables. The two main factors are; size and how much resin is needed. Epoxy resin costs considerably more than wood per cubic centimeter, so if you're wanting the look of resin & wood but have a budget, consider having less resin and more wood in the design. Our smallest tables start at $890 and dining tables start at $2500.
How long will it take to build my table or wall art piece?
Build times vary according to the size and intricacy of the piece. Generally speaking orders are usually done within 3 months depending on how many orders are on our list. Often small pieces such as hall tables, coffee tables and wall art is completed within 4-6 weeks. We like to remind our customers that these are pieces you may hold onto for a lifetime, so it's important they aren't rushed. Feel free to give us an email or call to find out what our current wait time is.
What wood do you have available?
Dean absolutely loves native wood that has rare grain and unique shape. Lucky to be living in the south west corner of Western Australia where there is an abundance of exotic species not found anywhere else in the world, Jarrah and Marri are just two native species, both only found in WA. Other species we have available include (but are not limited to) Blackbutt, Karri, Tuart, Sheoak, Sugar Gum, Rose Gum, Red Gum, Southern Mahogany, Blackwood, York Gum, Blue Gum, Mallee, Red Morrell, Woody Pear, Camphor, White Cedar, Norfolk Pine... and the list goes on! Dean regularly pairs his love of surfing with his love of rare timber and does trips to the south west hunting waves and wood. Get in touch to find out what amazing pieces of wood we currently have stocked.
I have a slab of wood, can you make it into a table?
No. Unfortunately we only source our timber from saw mills we know and trust. This is to ensure the wood slabs have been properly treated and kiln dried to minimize the risk of warping and cracking. We understand many guys try their luck at cutting and drying their own slabs and they may look OK, but once the slabs get machined, cut and sanded the tensions in the wood can change and cause it to warp, cup, twist or crack. Properly milled and dried slabs reduces the risk significantly.
What does "Curly" mean in reference to wood?
"Curly" simply refers to a unique grain pattern that sometimes naturally occurs in most species. It's when the grain of the wood appears to look like ripples, it's also sometimes called "quilted" (as it looks similar to the ripples on a silk quilt). It's said that 1 in 50 trees produce curly/quilted slabs (but we seem to have an eye for it and come across it a bit more often). You may see wood being called names such as "Curly Jarrah", "Curly Blackbutt", "Curly Rose Gum" etc. It's not a difference species of wood but just refers to the rare and desired grain pattern. These curly slabs tend to appreciate in value over time as they become increasingly sought after and rare.