Denfair 2016

We’re frantically preparing ourselves for what should be the pinnacle of Smith & Thomas so far: we’re putting ourselves on display for the world to see at Denfair 2016. This year we’re exhibiting with the guys from (a great site, check it out).  We’ll be showing off a never … Read More

Salone del Mobile. Milano.

We’re not in Milan, unfortunately, but we’ve had the privilege to work on a piece of furniture that is. Monash design student Louise Burridge has had a piece on display at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in the past few weeks which is the biggest furniture and lighting expo in the world. Louise came … Read More


A few weeks ago we received a call from Anthony, who had something he wanted to show us at his property in Whittlesea. Anthony said he’d perfected a technique involving timber and electricity. Obviously intrigued, we made the trip out to his place. Anthony has figured out how to decorate timber … Read More

Working With Local Furniture Designers

We're always looking for other allied professionals to work with here at Smith and Thomas, and this is especially true in the case of furniture designers. So let us introduce the first designer to get on board with us... Abde Nouamani Originally from Morocco, and now working and living in … Read More

From Hand Cut Logs to Handmade Furniture

Have you ever wondered how trees were turned into timber? Well we had a fantastic opportunity to find out this week. We were lucky enough to be able to spend a day learning how to use a “Lucas Mill” courtesy of Tom from Hogg Brothers earthworks. Thanks a lot to Dallas from Hogg Brothers as well for … Read More

Handmade Wooden Boats

We love all things timber and handmade, not just furniture. So it was a pleasure to check out the work of some allied tradespeople in Hobart last week at the wooden boat festival. It was surprising to see how many people were interested in wooden boats! The festival attracts over 200,000 people! … Read More

The Timber We Use

We use many varieties of reclaimed and new timber in our furniture. They all have their own benefits and limitations depending on the project. Reclaimed/Recycle Timber. This is our preferred type of recycle timber to use as it tends to be the most interesting. The boards often have a back story … Read More

Handcrafted Furniture Joinery Techniques

We like handcrafted furniture joinery. Jesse is our main furniture maker and he's a big fan of using traditional cabinet making joinery techniques in our workshop. Its one of the best parts of our job and an area we have a lot of passion for. It's why we got into this business. A lot of furniture is … Read More

Handmade Furniture Care

All of our handmade furniture is made to our own high personal standards in craftsmanship and so will last for ages. But to extend the life of your furniture even longer, and to keep it looking good, there are a few tips you can follow. It is important to protect timbers finished in oil from … Read More