About Andrew

Making Custom Wooden Signs & Wooden Boxes

HandCraftedTimber.com

– Est. Online 2004 –

face photo of Andrew Wilkerson

Andrew Wilkerson
Designer & Craftsman

From a life long passion working with timber and metal, Andrew Wilkerson the owner & craftsman behind Australian Workshop Creations decided to combine these talents to create handcrafted timber items with artistic design appeal while still retaining and even improving the products’ function and purpose.
By skilfully using a combination of these two materials in a unique fashion, a piece is created to stand out against everyday common mass production items with the beauty and appeal of a handcrafted object.

Every design has been well thought out, long before the item is produced.

Andrew is committed to continual product improvement through dedicated research and is constantly on the look out for new ideas or improvements to existing ones.

“Innovation is the passion to improve quality”

In 2004 he launched his first website Handcraftedtimber.com
Australian Workshop Creations was born with a vision to promote traditional craftsmanship and woodworking skills and produce small items for sale to support and preserve those skills, although at that stage there wasn’t many people shopping online and most work was sold through Galleries around Melbourne and throughout Australia. The range included Tealight Candle Holders, Corporate Gift-ware, Incense Holders and other small handcrafted items.

Over the years carved wooden signs and handmade wooden boxes have become the main items he makes with a focus on traditional techniques using hand tools and sustainable natural materials.

In 2010 he expanded his workshop to include a CNC machine for engraved wooden signs with pictures and decorative elements including name plaques for his handmade boxes.

Previous Skills and Employment

Andrew has a background in various positions from assembly lines, product development, nation wide technical support through to management & implementation of Australian Standards including Electronics & Manufacturing Quality Control processes (ISO 9002) and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management.

From a solid history working with various mediums starting at an early age through hobbies and continuing through his Technical School education receiving the Systems & Technology Award for VCE 1992,  Andrew spent some time in the locksmith industry completing a metal work & machining course as part of the apprenticeship.

The skills and techniques learned in electronics, locksmithing and other industries are applied with quality control methods during timber product manufacturing to ensure your getting the finest piece available. This ensures your purchase is crafted from the best suited materials combined with the highest quality brass-ware and hardware ever made. The latest items produced can be viewed from this web site or Facebook Page which is updated regularly as the range expands.

If you’re after a fine wooden jewellery box, ashes box, display case, cuff links box, document box or any other custom made woodwork item, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrew using the contact page or email on this website. Also check out the Woodworking Blog if you’re interested in seeing what he’s up to in the workshop.

Mediums

I enjoy working with Australian Eucalyptus species and local reclaimed timbers, sourced ethically wherever I can find them. I have chosen this as my main material for the furniture items I create.
I use plantation or recycled timber, harvested sustainably from our precious forests of Australia.

Wood is simply the most perfect renewable resource, I hate to see it go to waste, especially if I can do something with it and save it from landfill.

I also use a combination of reclaimed alloys and crushed stone for drawer handles and inlay pieces.
An increasing effort will be made to continue to use recycled material & off-cuts from the timber industry (and others) whenever possible in order to save trees from being cut down, provide a new life for old timber & reduce landfill.

All my woodwork is made from ethically sourced sustainable plantation timber or reclaimed timber.

Some small wooden items and drawer sides are off-cuts from the mill directly across the road from my workshop in Heyfield.
ASH – Australian Sustainable Hardwoods https://vicash.com.au

I refuse to use Merbau Timber!
I’ve written a blog article about Merbau sustainability if you wish to learn why.

Mission Statement

Australian Workshop Creations strives to become recognised as a worldwide provider of the highest quality, natural, sustainable products with design excellence and functionality, in harmony with today’s modern lifestyles. Then deliver at a high level of craftsmanship and service that is rarely seen today.
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Wood

‘As a contemporary artistic medium, wood is used in traditional and modern styles, and is an excellent medium for new art. Wood is used in forms of sculpture, craft, and decoration including chip carving, wood burning, and marquetry. Wood offers a fascination, beauty, and complexity in the grain, that often shows even when the medium is painted.’
From
Wikipedia | Wood Art

Photo of Andrew Wilkerson holding baby daughter Elly-May Wilkerson

Andrew Wilkerson holding baby daughter Elly-May Wilkerson (almost 1 years old)

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Comments & Reviews

Phil and Hilde :  on September 1st, 2009 9:37 pm
” Hi Andrew The bedside tables you made are of the highest quality.
We remain very happy with your beautiful work.
All the best in your new location. “


Bonty :  on July 22nd, 2010 11:00 pm
” Hi Andrew, it’s Bonty from Pirate. Any more problems don’t hesitate to contact me.
Nice web site, amazing skills.



Dawid Verwey :  on July 4th, 2010 4:41 pm
” Hi Andrew Your work is an inspiration. I am starting out in the hobby and I can only hope to create such beautiful pieces one day. Regards Dawid “


Jane : on February 11th, 2015 6:07 pm
” Thank you Andrew for such an efficient service – my initial enquiry was late January with immediate feedback on most suitable wood and font for our house sign. When I requested the sign earlier because of an auction date brought forward, Andrew made sure it arrived within 2 days by express post “



Debra Kirk : said on December 2nd, 2010 11:58 pm
” Hi Andrew, Just wanted to thank you for the amazing sign you made for an anniversary present for me (RIVERTOPIA) My husband was blown away and quite emotional. I will definately keep you in favourites! Regards Debra”


Hi Andrew, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the sign you have made. It is better than what I had expected. Your skill and attention to detail as resulted in a beautiful birthday gift that I can now give to someone close to me. Please let me know if […]

Samantha Cole

Hello Andrew and Natasha, The Dunwurkin sign arrived a half hour ago – I am absolutely thrilled with it – and have previewed it outside with the Sanctuary sign you crafted for me. Have attached updated photos. I’m going to have to make myself wait until 5 Aug when hubby retires before it gets put back up. Best wishes […]

Lyn McLernon

Hi Andrew.   We received our timber sign this week. We are extremely happy with it.  Thank you  Regards Kim – 17th April 2016  

Kim

Andrew was a caring and thoughtful professional from start to finish. He intuitively understood what I was looking for and sensitively made some suggestions around design of signs for a special space for my husband. He responded to any queries promptly and went out of his way to investigate different options for us. Andrew was […]

Mrs M. (asked to be anonymous)




Lyn Ward : said on April 14, 2016 8:46pm
“Hi Andrew, I just wanted to say thank you for my sons sign WARDY’S HOUSE it’s wonderful,  just what we wanted and your workmanship is just spot on, when we gave our son the sign the look on his face said it all, he was overwhelmed and just loves the sign, he is showing off the sign to friends before finding a special place to hang the sign, thanks again. Regards Lyn Ward”