The cafe has provided a wonderful nursery and testing ground for the various smaller handcrafted items made by the families associated with the cafe. Our hope is that through providing quality hand-made products, we will be able to not only provide for our families but train up our children to participate in craft. In so doing they will learn valuable characteristics such as diligence, cooperation and perseverance.
Country Creations Reclaimed Timber
Peter and Tammy Macfarlane have had a passion for art, craft and photography for many years. They spent their early married life in the South African wilderness tracking and photographing animals. Now, as parents of three children, they are exercising their creative gifts and passions through Country Creations.
Peter works for Heritage Timbercraft making large craft items such as tables, chairs and landscaping elements as well as for Country Creations making smaller items such as candle holders and vases. The significant labour input required to reclaim the timber from what many would consider to be a waste product means that each piece has a high value. As such, Peter aims to minimize waste by incorporating even the smallest offcuts into the Country Creations product range. The timbers are sourced from old gates, sheep yards, fence posts and power pole crossarms.
Country Creations Soy Candles
Since their recent introduction, the combination of reclaimed timber, vibrant colors and attractive fragrance in the Country Collections soy candle range have proven to be very popular. The long-burning soy candles are simply replaced with refills available in-store which provides a long lasting feature that would complement any home.
Stitching Post Upcycled Coffee Bean Sacks
Rob and Jo Crozier are parents to nine children and have found that craft is an integral element in the education of their children. Craft finds its place in the day to day outworking of their lives as the children develop skills in woodwork and fibrecraft, being trained by their parents to diligently work through a task until completion.
Jo has recently begun working with coffee bean sacks and recycled fabrics to make a range of quality bags and satchels. The range has both form and function and have proven to be popular gifts. Jo is also developing a range of natural body care products such as natural deodorants and salves to complement her lip balm range.
Hansen’s Soaps and Lotion Bars
Jared and Tressa Wayman are parents to three children. Given the reasonably demanding schedule of working in the cafe, being a homeschooling mother and a wife, Tressa was looking for a handcraft that had flexibility.
Soapmaking has proven to fit in well with the routines of life. The soapmaking process is done in small batches and once cured, many hands can be employed cutting the soap into bars, weighing and labelling.
The art of creating soap recipes has been stimulating and challenging. The soaps and shampoo bars not only look and smell good, they must do their intended task. Tressa’s range includes body soaps, facial soaps and shampoo bars.
Heritage Made New Zealand
Eddie and Rachel Rimmer are parents to three children. Rachel teaches piano and violin from home and is also a keen sewer. Their three children enjoy music, fibrecraft and basket making.
Heritage Made New Zealand was launched by Eddie in mid-2018 as a means to distribute his homeware products to a broader market. Heritage Made’s first release of products make use of reclaimed and new timber and include planter boxes, clocks and gates. These are retailed through several stores in the lower North Island (including Mitre 10 in nearby Feilding) are on display in the cafe.
Ralph and Fleur Lattimore are parents to three children. Ralph has been working with larger hand crafted timber elements such as post and beam trusses and barns for over 15 years and has a passion for both working with wood and teaching the crafting of timber.
The use of reclaimed materials for making larger timber items such as tables, chairs, benches, screens and planter boxes is an integral part of the Hansen’s Cafe and Store fitout. The intent behind each of the hand crafted pieces incorporated into the cafe is twofold – to showcase the possible uses of reclaimed timber to potential customers and to provide rustic yet crafted fitout items.
Ralph has recently established Heritage Timbercraft along with Peter Macfarlane. Various local projects include a large landscaped area incorporating reclaimed timber elements, a post and beam gazebo, a tiny home (for rent on AirBnB) and a small American barn. They’ve also recently completed the landscaping elements of Kimbolton’s street upgrade.
Please contact them if you would like further information about Heritage Timbercraft’s products and services.