Timber craft in Harding blood
ALL it takes is a piece of solid, good-quality timber, some hard yakka, a bit of creative flair and Leesa and Wayne Harding can knock up a piece of furniture that will last a lifetime.
The Bororen couple has been visiting Ag-Grow with their business, Harding’s Mill Furniture, for the past 14 years and said it was an enjoyable three days on the field.
While visiting the annual Emerald exhibit was great for business, Leesa said the couple also had some fond memories from Ag-Grow.
“One little girl told me she was five when she first came here with her family to buy their first piece of furniture and now she has come to purchase her own,” she said.
“So that was really nice.”
All of the couple’s furniture is made from recycled, felled and seasoned timber and Leesa and Wayne also produce custom-made items.
“It’s all made in bits and takes about three weeks to put it all together,” she said. “It’s all got to be in proportion and it’s kind of a bit arty.”
Leesa said making furniture was a hobby that had blossomed into a family business and that it was their number one priority to make their customers happy.
The couple has four sons who have all taken a turn at the furniture-making gig, but it is youngest son Jake, 17, who has taken it on as a full-time profession.
“I think it’s in his blood,” Leesa said. “We’ve been doing this since he was born, so he has grown up with it.”