Inspired by the other traders at the Daylesford Mill Markets, and also by his reflections on how much he enjoyed perusing the range of treasures at the Woollahra Antique Markets, when he lived in Sydney's inner Eastern suburbs, back in the mid-nineties, Laurie quickly embraced the opportunity to become a picker and upcycler of vintage goodies. He set about trying out various items for sale, and after about nine months, worked out what felt like the right fit for him and particularly for his clientele.
Laurie's now settled on offering interesting wooden items (ranging from water skis to suit-cases), stoneware, metal objects and sundry curios. Some of the items he stocks date from colonial times, such as copper pots and billies for the fire, and on occasion even old prison gates and leg irons. Whatever it is that he comes across, he gives it a good polish at the very least, and usually does quite a bit of work on repairs and refurbishment. All of the wooden items he obtains get lightly sanded back to freshen them up and then varnished or oiled, depending on what's most appropriate. Sometimes they even require water-blasting to dissipate years of grime. Old school desks, trunks and kitchen stores are among his favourite items to refurbish, but he's also fond of old farmers' tools and mechanical items.
Laurie has a genuine passion for what he does, and says his ultimate dream is to reach the point at which the business can possibly be extended to also inhabit a stand-alone retail space, in it's own right. In the meantime, and for as many years as it takes, he's enjoying rubbing shoulders with the other traders at Daylesford. He likes the comaradery and friendships that grow out of this shared, community centred business model. If you wish to learn more about his offerings, jump over to Rough Sawn's website, for further information.