Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath started playing with wood as a young boy, helping his father build sailing boats in Canada and later restoring antiques in Cambridge, England.

After twenty years tinkering with antiques and renovating old houses, Michael discovered Richard Crosland’s School of Fine Furniture in Sydney, where he settled in to the relaxed workshop atmosphere to design and create the pieces he’d often dreamt about.

Michael prefers to use recycled or scavenged wood, which certainly does not mean rough or rustic. Far from it: pre-loved timber is well seasoned and often of a size and quality no longer readily available. Over the years he has collected a range of Australian timbers, mostly rescued from beautiful old buildings being demolished for redevelopment. Searching through demolition yards and tree-salvage operations for that special piece is a pleasure that stimulates Michael’s creative juices.