Shane at work
With a wealth of experience spanning 27 years, it’s safe to say Shane Dean is passionate about all things `timber’. The carpenter and joiner began his apprenticeship with the Master Builders Association in 1984 and since then he has worked in many aspects of the trade, including concrete form work, domestic carpentry, commercial interiors, antique restoration, straw bale houses, plastering , timber windows and doors.
Before establishing his current family owned furniture business, Shane was running his own carpentry company from home building double glazed windows, kitchen cabinetry and bench tops, bookshelves, decks and landscape features. After spending many years working on commercial projects in Melbourne, including his own suspended ceiling company, Shane has returned to the former Black Forest Sawmill in Woodend where he creates timber masterpieces from recycled Australian timber sourced from wharves and renovated buildings.
Wharf timber in its original state before Shane crafts it into a masterpiece
His workshop has become his second home and when he is not at the workshop building, Shane is researching techniques and designs, continually looking for ways to enhance his work and improve the building process. His enthusiasm for working with and appreciating the aesthetic of timber is infectious and inspiring creating custom made furniture and joinery products along with his signature range of recycled Port Welshpool Long Jetty tables and seats.
Shane’s services include:
• Bespoke furniture
• Internal cabinetry (such as kitchen benches, desks and built-ins)
• Bench and bar tops
• Shelves , frames, mantel pieces
• External features including gates and outdoor furniture
• Readymade furniture including tables – dining, coffee, occasional and bench seats
• Spray finishes and some restoration work
• Timber dressing
Gates at Mount Macedon
“Traditional joinery techniques are used to add strength and detail,” says Shane. “We have developed a unique resin filled, high gloss finish, preserving the beauty and character of the re-cycled solid timbers we use. By using re-cycled timber, we ensure that each piece of furniture or cabinetry is environmentally friendly and unique. No two pieces are the same. Each ‘new’ piece of furniture is a work of art, with history and a story to tell.”
Shane Dean specializes in architectural features, bespoke furniture and cabinetry, retail furniture and complex design/build situations. To see more of his work, head to www.shanedean.com.au