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A Significant Sea Chest

Lex, from Okuti Valley shared the history of his restored sea chest as follows: The trunk appears to have been made of North American Pine. It was brought to NZ 174 years ago by my great-great grandfather Angus McMillan, his first wife Margaret, and his sister Janet. Having lived on a small croft at Heatherlea,…

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Preserving Memories

Jennifer bought in a Karl Hamburg grand piano that was made in 1874. She clearly remembers the joy of getting it for her eighth birthday. Jennifer’s parents had purchased it from a lecturer at Aberdeen University, Scotland, that they had known during their time living there prior to emigrating to New Zealand.  Jennifer wanted to…

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The People Who Breathe New Life Into Old

By Pattie Pegler 17:00, Apr 07 2022   ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFF “Things often have really sentimental meaning and people are so grateful that they live again,” says professional furniture designer and repairer Paul Harding-Browne. Tables and chairs are the most common item through the door for Paul Harding-Browne. Some have legs that have been chewed by…

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The Log Chair Puzzle

It is not unusual for a piece of furniture to be made out of a log. However, Richard Parker, Brionny Hooper and the team from Scion (The NZ Forest Research Institute) wanted a kit set chair that would fit back inside the log that it was cut from. Inspiration for this idea came from a…

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A Pyramid Table

  While in Christchurch one day, Alistair  dropped in looking for a dining table that was ‘different.’ He spotted Paul’s recently made walnut pyramid side table Inspiration struck and Alistair, who enjoyed making models as a child, came back with a small scale model explaining that he would like a black dining table built like…

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All is Not Lost

In 1959, Garry House of South New Brighton was 10 years old and helping his dad’s second cousin move into a retirement village. The elderly lady entrusted Garry with her beloved gramophone and records and asked him to look after it and keep it in the family.  For about 20 years, Garry played the gramophone,…

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A New Staff Member

If you spot a new face around the workshop, it may be our eldest daughter Brie. Brie is a uni student and decided that she would like to work with her dad part-time. Brie and her sister have actually been doing paid work and learning skills with Paul for years, so it’s not that much…

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20 Ways to Improve Your Storage and Space

These days with such an abundance of material goods available,  finding space and storage in our homes can be a problem.   Our clients are often come to us with ideas on how to solve this issue.  See some of the results below:                          …

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Longer, Wider, Bigger, Narrower, Smaller…..

You may be scratching your head with wondering how to match your furniture to your current living situation. We can help you design and build or adapt your furniture to your circumstances.  For example, you may be downsizing to a smaller living space or have a growing family. See some of our examples below  …

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The Honeycomb Bookcase

Our clients wanted a new bookcase for lots of books in their children’s playroom.  They also wanted some hexagonal shapes inside the bookcase that would  be reading nooks for their children,  but that would also be big enough for adults too. Birch Plywood was decided upon as it is a durable and functional wood that…

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Latitude

We are really excited to have an article about our business in the recent issue of Latitude magazine on Page 34 (Jun/Jul 2020)   Article: A CHILDHOOD PASSION   From 1.6 metre high spiral wooden lamps to cascading coffee tables, Christchurch based furniture designer, Paul Harding-Browne of No Boundaries Furniture is drawing attention with his…

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Timber Laying Around

We have had a few clients in the last year or two, ring us and ask  if we could make anything out of the leftover Rimu from their house renovation or the Macrocarpa laying in the back shed or the walnut slabs from their mum’s predatory Walnut tree that had been cut down four years…

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