'tis the season...

For many, Christmas is full of jolly and wonderful. For many, however, it is just. hard. Sadness and loneliness can be felt deepest at this time of year and for some of my friends and family, it's the most painful...

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Trish Bartell
Shine - A Redemption Story

I get to meet the most interesting people on my travels as I go around buying and selling furniture. A friend and I went to view a couple of pieces the other day and when the gentleman opened his garage, we were amazed at the array of ‘stuff’ he had in there...

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Trish Bartell
Ministry of Hope

After spending 5 years in the third world (PNG), there is a growing passion in me, to act on this mandate to care for the orphan and the widow.  Mt Hagen Handicraft Group has been established as a way of supporting local women who make hand woven bilums (bags), for sale to the local and international market...

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Trish Bartell
Life Marks

One of my favourite parts of the restoration process is applying that final coat of Beeswax polish. The way it soaks into the timber and reveals the different tones, textures and markings, it's what makes each piece unique...

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Trish Bartell