Miller Black Coffee Table
In the late 1950’s/early 1960’s teams of Timber Millers toured the floodplains of Oxley in North East Victoria, milling Red Gum timber into 4 x 4 fence posts for sale in Melbourne. In those days Red Gum was valued more for it’s durability and toughness, rather than it’s exceptional beauty. Consequently the Timber Millers left behind many slabs of Red Gum that they could mill no further fence posts from. These slabs lay on the river flats and were subjected to, and moved around by flood waters before being rescued in 2014 to begin a new life accentuating their true natural beauty in unique pieces of bespoke furniture. The natural grains and astonishing range of colours, due to age and exposure to the elements are exceptional. No two are alike, making each sustainably produced piece of furniture a truly unique one-off, with zero impact on the environment.
This stunning Coffee Table was lovingly hand tooled to realize the clients vision, by Artisan Geoff Simpson who loves to create a fusion with both virgin and recycled timbers resulting in unique pieces filled with history, character and life. The Church Pew style legs came from the “black log”, found here on the river flats and named for the extraordinary darkness of the timber. The older the timber and the darker the colour, the more valuable it is. The Stringybark stay is well over 100 years old, originally harvested in Moyhu for a great Uncle’s shed in Meadow Creek, it was then repurposed for our original dairy 80 years ago and is yet again rejuvenated in this beautiful piece.