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Please welcome to the stage...

We thought we should formally introduce you to the newest Manual Arts DEpt. family member: our Personalised Raindrop Wooden Tray.
Nature-inspired (again), we created this product design as a functional and sculptural receptacle for those treasured trinkets or jewellery items.
Crafted from our beloved Spotted Gum Australian hardwood, each Raindrop is hand-sculpted and polished to a deliciously-tactile finish and engraved with a personalised monogram - creating a one-of-a-kind milestone gift to cherish.

Brand new day

One of the final stages to finishing our hardwood products is to brand them with our abbreviated name, M.A.DE.

This is done using a propane gas torch to heat the aluminium brand that we created ourselves.  It only takes a few seconds.

It takes less than that to burn yourself if you're not paying attention when someone is taking your photo :)

 


Season's Greetings

 

After leaving Brisbane, Queensland and a pretty steady all-year-round temperature, it is so refreshing to enjoy all four seasons at our current high-altitude location.

 

 

As clichéd as it sounds, nature provides us with so much inspiration and wonderment, even on the coldest and windiest of days.
 
The extremes in climactic conditions really make you feel alive!

 

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Alphabetical order.

A recent order for a set of Personalised Hardwood Bookends finally included a letter “Z”. Do you know what this means?

Well, it means that we have now possibly* made every letter of the alphabet as a monogrammed heirloom gift!!! Hooray!!

*Side note: We did say “possibly”. Best check the archives to confirm above statement for factual accuracy. Memory is hazy on the “U” and “X” status :)


Great reviews make our day!   (Or, Share the love part 2)

Here is some recent, particularly lovely product feedback that we would like to share.
 
"This is an awesome handmade product!
I am SO impressed with the quality and workmanship of this product, and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing another product from the Manual Arts Department".

 - Lyn

 And maybe just one more?
 
"A beautiful product.
I have...