How many times have you had a friend tell you to bite the bullet and give a seemingly pipe-dream business idea a go? A little bit of encouragement to commit wares to a friend’s market stall was all that it took for this talented husband-and-wife duo to kick-start their woodcraft business, Turner + Turner.
‘This was a wonderful opportunity for us to bring together the homewares we designed and made for friends as gifts over the years,’ recalls Suellen Turner, a photographer by trade. ‘We’ve kept up the momentum since then; we’re excited to see our brand grow and develop as we add new products and collaborate.’
To date, Turner + Turner’s offering includes a signature natural-edge range of bowls and serving bowls, timber serving boards, bowls and dishes, alongside spoons, spatulas, rolling pins, knives (cheese, bread and cake) and also cake stands and vessels. All pieces are designed and made – from a single piece of hardwood! – in Neil and Suellen’s studio in the South West of Western Australia.
Functionality and longevity are priorities for the pair, who want their wares to be passed down across generations. ‘We handcraft each piece to highlight the beauty of the timbers we use, which are unique in colour and grain and enable us to create one-off pieces,’ tells Neil. ‘We never get tired of working with timber as we still get excited when we see a beautiful piece and continue to discover new woods to work with.’
Shop online at Turnerandturner.com.au, where bespoke orders for custom homewares and furniture are welcomed. A selection of pieces can also be browsed at Gourmet Food Merchant in Cowaramup and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.