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Futurewood’s composite decking used in multi-million dollar Perth City Beach surf club renovation

Futurewood’s composite decking used in multi-million dollar Perth City Beach surf club renovation | Carpenters | Scoop.it

Two composite decking products from Futurewood were specified for the multi-million dollar renovation project at the Perth City Beach surf club.

 

The renovation project was approved in 2012 with final construction completed at the end of 2015. Original blueprints showcased the potential for the renovated surf club to develop into a popular restaurant and parkland precinct, with the design maximising views of the famous coastal landscape.

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Buyers’ guide to decking

Buyers’ guide to decking | Carpenters | Scoop.it

Tips for creating a stylish and inviting outdoor space.


Decking can add functionality, style and interest to outdoor areas. Here’s what you need to know to get you started if you are considering adding a deck to your garden.

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Workforce mandate guarantees trainee spots in big Victorian government construction projects

Workforce mandate guarantees trainee spots in big Victorian government construction projects | Carpenters | Scoop.it

At least 10 per cent of the workforce involved in major projects, including Melbourne Metro Rail, will have to be made up of apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.


The new government requirement starts on January 1.  Employment Minister Jacinta Allan said the move fulfilled a commitment the Andrews government made at last year's election.


She said the Major Projects Skills Guarantee would apply to all major projects above $20 million for which the Victoria government is a "significant funder".


"There's an opportunity here to give young people their first start in a new job or a new career," she said.

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Carpenter Jason May back from the brink and nominated for national award

Carpenter Jason May back from the brink and nominated for national award | Carpenters | Scoop.it

CARPENTER Jason May and his wife Casey have worked hard to get where they are now.


In 2012 when Mr May was setting up his business his ute and $20,000 worth of tools was stolen, forcing him off work while he borrowed money to replace them.


The Berwick couple’s son, Ethan, had just been born and the financial strain was the last thing they needed.


Police recovered the ute but the insurance company would not cover the cost of the tools because it claimed the family had stolen its own car.

Soon after that Mr May was injured at work and taken to hospital where he was told he could not work for another six weeks.


He cut his leg on a piece of steel and developed a staphylococcus infection which spread from his toes to above his knee. He was lucky he didn’t have to have his leg amputated.

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Lauren awarded for her dedication to carpentry

Lauren awarded for her dedication to carpentry | Carpenters | Scoop.it

CARPENTRY apprentice Lauren Cockburn has been named the Queensland Apprentice of the Year.
 

Ms Cockburn, 20, has received not one but two awards in the past month for all her hard work with Hutchinson Builders.
 

She received the Apprentice of the Year award at the Queensland Master Builders Awards and was also named the Australian runner-up Apprentice of the Year at the Hutchinson Builders Awards.
 

She said she was overwhelmed with the recognition she was receiving.
 

"I couldn't believe it when I was called to the stage at the Master Builders awards," she said. "I stayed sitting for a while because I couldn't actually believe it was me."
 

Ms Cockburn is now in the running for the Australian Master Builders Apprentice of the Year.

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Only 10 per cent women in construction and building industry

Only 10 per cent women in construction and building industry | Carpenters | Scoop.it

First-year apprentice carpenter Desiree Owens is often told: "Building sites aren't for females."


Perhaps that is why she is one of only 149 women in NSW who is doing a construction apprenticeship.  There are 305,000 people employed in the construction and building industry across the state and only 10 per cent are women.


"I've had a lot of people ask me what I am doing and said building sites aren't for females – I think that would put a lot of females off," Ms Owens said.


Minister for Skills John Barilaro wants to address the shortage of women in construction and building and this week held talks with industry stakeholders at Barangaroo to address the issue.


"We have to change the way we attract women in to the construction sector and campaign to raise the awareness of women in trades," Mr Barilaro said.

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Cooking moves out of the lounge as the latest trend in kitchen design

Cooking moves out of the lounge as the latest trend in kitchen design | Carpenters | Scoop.it

In the 1950s, the kitchen became a showpiece. New kitchen appliances, such as mix-masters, were proudly displayed on laminate benches to impress visitors. The divisions between kitchens and living areas were removed. This arrangement has largely remained. But increasingly, architects and designers are creating divisions between these two areas.


"We've seen a gradual shift to separate kitchens. You still might want to include glimpses but having the kitchen on display for everyone to see is certainly not happening with many of our homes," says architect Karen Alcock, co-director of MA Architects.

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Gippsland carpenter Olivia O'Connor crafts rare rocking beasts from pine

Gippsland carpenter Olivia O'Connor crafts rare rocking beasts from pine | Carpenters | Scoop.it

The galloping beasts are made of kiln-dried radiata, a strand of pine that is at once readily available, strong, and easy to carve.


Olivia O'Connor spends her days and nights with the wood, severing and sanding and smoothing it into the right shapes with clamps, rasps, draw knives and bandsaws.


Her workshop is filled with tools covered in cobwebs and sawdust, and stencils for tracing every limb. But the head is always the hardest part.


"Because it's immediately obvious if you get something wrong," she says. "And when you get it wrong with a horse, they tend to look evil."


It's hard to imagine of the creations of this bespoke craftswoman, 27, looking anything but beautiful. But she would know.

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Tertiary and trade qualifications a winning combination for Lara

Tertiary and trade qualifications a winning combination for Lara | Carpenters | Scoop.it

A WOOLLOONGABBA carpentry apprentice has taken out the Master Electricians Australia Award for Construction Apprentice of the Year.


Lara Nobel has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and is now in her third year of a trade apprenticeship.  Ms Nobel said the idea of combining a trade with a tertiary qualification came after she started working as a fulltime architect.


“Being in the office all the time and clicking on a mouse, the day-to-day side of architecture wasn’t really suiting,” Ms Nobel said.  “And I needed to know more about how buildings are really built, so I needed to top up on that and the best way to do that for me was hands-on.”


Ms Nobel said some of her favourite architects were qualified builders.

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Brothers call time on 61-year-old business

Brothers call time on 61-year-old business | Carpenters | Scoop.it

After 61 years in the timber carpentry business, Gladesville Joinery has officially closed its doors.
 

Gladesville Joinery has been run by brothers Basil and Michael Galanos since 1954, bringing in their sons and nephews throughout the years to keep the family business alive.
 

The brothers decided to close down the store last Friday so that they could spend more time with their families.

Despite spending such a long time together, Basil Galanos says that he has been lucky in that the job never came between the strong bond that he shares with his brother.


The brothers are looking forward to spending more time with their families.

"We’ve always had a pretty good relationship," he said.

"There are always outside pressures but you just keep going. Hiring my son and nephew was definitely a big help."

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Timber in style for luxury homes

Timber in style for luxury homes | Carpenters | Scoop.it

One of Perth’s most exclusive home builders says double-brick construction is no longer in vogue at the top end of the market, with clients becoming increasingly willing to explore alternative building techniques such as timber framing and cladding to achieve a specific look for their home.

Mr Humphrey, a carpenter by trade, said Humphrey Homes specialised in timber-framed construction, which has been long viewed as the poor cousin to double brick in Western Australia.

But he said timber-framed builds provided several advantages over brick construction. 

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