Andrew Adams planned on studying accounting once he reached university but his heart wasn’t in it. He kept thinking back to high school, when he had crafted his first table by hand.

“My passion was really to make furniture,” he explains. “It made sense to me to do something with a visible outcome and something that met form and function.”

After spending some time trading antiques, which helped hone his appreciation for quality furniture and craftsmanship, Andrew pursued his dream by starting his own artisan furniture business. Today, Arranmore Furniture has been operating for over 20 years – specialising in custom designed, solid timber tables – with a factory in Ballarat and a showroom on High Street. A number of the business’s pieces have even featured on hit television series The Block.

“The philosophy is simple: I want to make you beautiful furniture that you love, that you can afford and can use,” says Andrew.

Andrew works closely with clients to help them achieve the look they’re after, and says the great thing about creating custom pieces is “there’s no one-size-fits-all to the end product”.

“We can work with you to produce the look you want. My business is producing something that is more often than not going into your home. It’s important to establish a human connection from the start; it’s essentially about authenticity and honesty. I want to make you an amazing piece of furniture, so let’s work together to make it happen.”

Andrew typically meets with clients in person to discuss what they’re looking for and have them visit the showroom or factory. He also likes to get a sense of the room where the piece will sit in, in order to determine size and timber varietals.

“Aside from personal taste, ceiling heights, other furniture in the room and the colour scheme need to be part of the conversation,” Andrew explains. “In 99 percent of occurrences, the table or furniture item is to be a feature as opposed to blend in, so this is where most of the time is spent.”

Arranmore Furniture uses both Australian and imported timbers, including Victorian ash, American walnut, American oak, and Western Australian marri. Many customers choose Victorian ash because it has striking features that vary from light to dark, while the company’s natural edge marri slabs have become something of a signature design.

Key to the process is Arranmore’s very own natural oil finish, an eco-friendly, all natural product made from eucalypt, thistle, sunflower and linseed that protects the furniture’s surface without staining it.

“The oil showcases the natural beauty of the timber so the item becomes a centrepiece,” Andrew says. “You can put hot coffee cups and plates on the surface and there will be no scorch marks.”

While all of the furniture is made in Ballarat by local tradespeople, the company’s Armadale showroom allows city dwellers to explore their wide range of designs. Clients can visit the showroom seven days a week between 10am and 5pm, or schedule a private appointment outside of business hours. Andrew says he and his team love being a part of the iconic shopping strip.

“We are spoilt. Anything you might require is on your doorstep, from gorgeous cafés and restaurants… down to the basics: we are close to the city, public transport is on our door, the freeway is close. It such an accessible streetscape and I am proud to be part of it.

“Local traders are supportive of each others’ business; we each complement the street to offer a diverse shopping experience, even if trading in the same industry. Our customer base is loyal and quite often word of mouth. There’s often a blurring of the lines between customers and friendship, which is lovely to achieve in this current climate.”  

Arranmore Furniture still has room in its current production to deliver a few more tables before Christmas, so if you’re trying to find the perfect gift or need a new table for holiday functions, pop in or give them a call.

Images courtesy of  Arranmore Furniture.

Andrew Adams with Spence from The Block 2018

Arranmore The Gatwick dining table from The Block 2018

Solid marri kitchen benchtop

Solid Victorian ash table

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