Furnitex trade fair in Melbourne or AIFF in Sydney

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Blog entry by Benji Reyes posted 08-03-2011 05:51 PM 2366 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,

I have two daughters working and studying in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Eena My eldest is looking at the possibility of bringing in my works to show next year in the Furnitex trade fair in Melbourne or at the AIFF in Sydney. Any thoughts or suggestions on this from Aussie fellow Lumberjocks would be greatly appreciated. Have a good day guys!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 06:14 PM

Benji, in the USA here, so I don’t have an opinion as far as Aussie trends. I do think your furniture would do well in ANY show you chose. The reason for my comment is time difference. Since you just posted this, you would know better as to what time it is in your part of the world, but it seems to me you are up late and it may take a while for our “down under” brothers and sisters to see this, so be patient.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 07:03 PM


I’m in the USA as well, so I don’t know anything about Australian shows, but from what I’ve seen of your work, you can hold your own in any Woodworking show or competition. I’ll be interested seeing some photos from the show.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 07:47 PM

I can’t imagine anyone not being impressed by your offerings. They share a universal appeal, by my calculation. Best of luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 02:07 AM

Hey, I’m a Benji wanna be. Just got home checking email. Do you have any Aussies in your Buddies list? Maybe us groupies might have an Aussie in our list? Just a thought.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 04:35 AM

Thanks guys. Still waiting for info on this show from my daughter. I also know that Australia is quite strict on wod products coming in their country. I’m just looking for some of our buddies from down under who might have joined and can give some thought on this venture. Have a nice day guys!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 02:44 PM

Hi benji It,s been a long time since i lived in oz, not far from the gold coast actually, but the company i worked for here exported furniture to oz every month. You shouldn,t have any trouble with customs as your products are finished pieces not raw wood but you might get a shock at the shipping costs! I,m not sure how the market will react to your work or if they will pay for it but if all you do is cover costs then it,s probably worth it just for the exposure, especially in sydney.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#7 posted 08-06-2011 11:57 AM

Good Day Benji

As I am from the “Land Down Under”, let me try give some sort of reply.

Australia is free of a number of pests and diseases that affect forrestry and agriculture in the rest of the world, so it is almost paranoid about preventing the accidental importation of something undesirable. That said, generally it is possible to bring furniture into Australia. I think it is easier if it comes in as personal goods (that is if your daughter was moving permanently to Oz and bringing her household goods with her) on two counts. Firstly, it may attract less attention from customs and quarantine. Secondly, furntiture that could be considered commercial goods that would not be re-exported would probably attract an import duty – and it may be worth paying that rather than the cost of shipping it back to the Philippines.

Your main source of information should be the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service who do actually answer questions if you contact them through their web page. Having looked at your projects though, the only two that I think might concern them are your Amboyna Burl Coffe Table and Nang Nakalabit – both have the appearance of being untreated wood. Oh, and the ingenious wooden scooters would also be a problem in that respect. Now that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get them into the country, just expect that they would require some form of treatment, be it fumigation or radiation. You need to allow for both time and cost for that.

Kiwi1969 mentioned shipping costs and that might be another consideration, depending on the quantity and size of the pieces that you send over. Shipping a few pieces from city to city on the back of a truck is not too bad, but I was once told that it is just about as expensive to send a full container from one Australian city to another as it is to send the same container to Australia from anywhere else in the world. Now that might be a bit of an exageration, but it is not a bad benchmark to start from.

Does that help? I will place this post on my watchlist so just ask any more questions that you like. I will do what I can to answer them.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 08-06-2011 03:51 PM

Reading Tootles reply. Said “boy I have nothing to complain about” But Sicience channel and Discovery Channel on cable here have reported on insects imported here and plants etc. They have no natural preditors here. Consequently They can and do destroy some ecdo systems. I knew the Aussies would come through! :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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