Gold Coast “is a little bit an adventure,” said owner Andrew Armitage, whose shop has been selling woodcarves for about a year.
“You’re in the middle of nowhere, so it’s not really that much of a challenge.
It’s just a little of a bit of fun.”
A year ago, Armitages shop was sold to a group of business owners for about $1 million.
Now the shop has a new owner who’s been working on the woodcarve project for about two years, with the goal of getting the business back into the black and white business.
The business is a small shop in the town of Puntland, about 50 kilometres east of the Gold Coast.
Woodcarvers were used in the Victorian era for carving furniture, furniture, walls and cabinets, and were also used to make hand-carved and hand-finished sculptures.
They also were used for furniture, and are considered to be the earliest woodcarved pieces, with more than 150,000 made in Australia.
There’s a huge demand for woodcarvings, said Armitagys owner.
You have to be a very lucky person, he said.
“People come to me and they have a few minutes to get a woodcarvy, or maybe they want to get one to give away.”
The woodcarvils are made of hardwood, so they’re heavy.
“They’re a little heavy, but not as heavy as you would expect,” he said, explaining that they can be used for up to eight hours per day.
Armitage said he was working on a woodwork for the store that will be used as a backdrop to the wood carving.
He said he hoped to be able to work on it next year.
A new owner has been hired for the business, and the store’s new owner is aiming to have the woodworking finished by the end of the year.