Globalisation has had an interesting side effect on smaller regional areas like the Sea Cliff Coast, with sophisticated communities of skilled craftsmen emerging with an emphasis on the traditional values of smaller scale, and higher quality.
Dave Porter is such a craftsman, and the man behind Treehouse Landscapes and Handshapes, carving a space in Wollongong’s surf scene with unique handcrafted surfboards. His boards suit a range of styles and skill levels and are made from materials deliberately chosen to minimise environmental impact.
The distinctive decks of the boards are constructed from Hoop Pine, a tree endemic to Australia and grown in sustainable plantations.
“I’ve always viewed surfing and spending time outdoors in the garden as being among those things that we crave at the end of a working week. They’re not so different. I think they are both essentially about a connection with nature, a connection that we are often deprived of with the busy lives we all lead”.
As the business name might imply, Dave is also a tertiary qualified Landscape Architect – his garden designs are environmentally conscious, often utilising recycled or reclaimed materials and plant species endemic to the local area.
The official launch of Treehouse Landscapes and Handshapes is set to kick off at 5pm on Saturday March 2nd at Finbox Surfshop in Thirroul.
The event is open to all lovers of gardening and surfing.
It will be supported by music from local indie rockstars Mother and Son, and an exhibition by the celebrated surf photographer Simon Perini.
There will be a raffle to win a handcrafted timber-laminate surfboard with all proceeds being donated to Amnesty International and you can check out Dave’s vertical garden installation and a film presentation.
[phone] 0415 925 739[/phone]