Bombora Custom Furniture, based in Torquay, makes amazing handcrafted furniture out of timber. Recycled timber. The pieces are absolutely dreamy and each embodies the creative passion and ethical ethos of its creators, Luke and Alison Collins.
For the past five years this small family enterprise has incorporated a ‘one piece – one tree’ policy as part of their business practice. For every piece of furniture created, Fifteen Trees plants a tree. These plantings help to reduce the environmental impact of freight and general equipment maintenance associated with running a business. In fact, as the pieces themselves are crafted from recycled and often locally sourced timber, Bombora is arguably creating a net benefit to the environment, something for us all to aspire to. As the Collins’ put it, ‘we take sustainability and being eco-responsible very seriously and are constantly reviewing our business practices to ensure that our only impact is to make the environment better.’
Bombora has recently purchased 100 trees through Fifteen Trees. These were headed to a property near Wangoon, Warrnambool. The site is an ex-pine plantation, and the revegetation project is designed to alleviate the harm a monoculture tree crop can do to the soil, and to the surrounding biodiversity in general. Hopkins Falls Landcare Group hopes the planting, which contains many Manna Gums, will help build resilience in local fauna. The local koala population for example, indigenous to the nearby Framlingham forest, desperately needs more habitat corridors in the surrounding landscape. Diverse tree and shrub corridor plantings enable a wide range of species to broaden their horizons, giving them some protection against food scarcity and disease, habitat threats like fire or flood, and allow new family groups to emerge and thrive.
Care, respect, and love for the natural world is evident in every beautifully waxed and immaculately crafted piece of furniture Luke makes. It is so heartening to know that that same care, respect and love for nature extends to the Collins’ business practices. The ‘one piece – one tree’ undertaking gives the old wood itself – the very heart of Bombora – new life. And that new life will go on to benefit and strengthen fragile ecosystems for decades into the future.
Sarah is an artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven creative work. Her aim is to delight, to reveal glimpses of everyday beauty, and to celebrate flights of the ordinary. Sarah works across a range of media, with an abiding interest in pen and ink, mixed media and the human form.