ABOUT US

Andrew Smith Timber Creations Pty Ltd are nature play equipment specialists.

Our small, highly specialised team work in the beautiful Central Coast, NSW, within a joint workshop and design office, where we are able to effectively use art and construction together to create beautiful and functional play pieces, made from local, sustainably sourced, recycled timber.

Our team consists of artists, craftsmen, and children’s education experts; placing us in a uniquely excellent position to keep children’s safety and learning at the core of our design – while creating play based artworks that are truly engaging, and imaginatively stimulating.

We have extensive experience working with architects, designers, local councils, schools and preschools to create much loved natural play spaces.

Our Mission Statement


Andrew Smith Timber Creations Pty Ltd are creators of unique timber elements.

Our company is 100% Australian, and all our products are created with locally sourced recycled timber.
 

Our artworks and products cater for children of all ages by supplying natural, functional timber creations that encourage exploration,
develop imagination, and challenge fitness.

The timbers we select have a significant history, character and durability, and are shaped by highly skilled craftsmen into playground elements
that are also unique works of art.

Our focus is to create playground equipment that makes a significant contribution to the development of children,
while fostering a love of the beauty of Australian timbers.

Our products have a distinctive natural Australian look which is highly valued by collectors for its aesthetic, as well as its connectivity to nature.

The success of our work can be judged by observing children in parks and playgrounds
joyfully exploring our creations and finding imaginative ways to engage with the designs.

Our Artists

ANDREW SMITH – DIRECTOR

Andrew Smith is an Australian sculptor and playground artist, who has has been working with timber for almost all his life.

His great grandparents were saw millers from the mid north coast and his family has a rich history in work with timber. He has always had a passion for the material. Andrew grew up near the Australian bush and recognises the positive impact that the beauty of nature has had on his life. He has found that bringing the natural aesthetics of native materials to his work adds something that uniform manufacturing could never achieve.

After completing high school, Andrew studied Industrial Arts at Sydney Uni and graduated in 1982, becoming a design and technology teacher. His experience as an educator has helped him to gain an understanding of children’s requirements for successful development; particularly the importance of a connection with nature and the benefit of imaginative natural play, which is reflected in his work.

After juggling teaching and creating sculptural furniture for 25 years, trading as Bush and Country Furniture, he changed direction to focus on playground equipment, establishing Timber Creations. This has combined Andrew’s passion for timber, education, and creative, original design and artistry.

DAVID CARTER – OPERATIONS MANAGER

David Carter is a highly skilled craftsman who has been working with timber for over 20 years. He has worked for Andrew Smith since 1997.

He is a talented sculptor who gives personality and character to all of his timber creations. David has the unique ability to see the potential in a blank piece of timber, and turn it into something truly spectacular. He has many qualifications in construction, building and child safety.

David has a deep understanding of Australian hardwoods that comes from working with the material for most of his life. He is an expert in creating structural, long lasting timber furniture and play equipment.

MADELYN SMITH – ART DIRECTOR

Madelyn Smith is an artist, designer, and educator, with a keen interest in nature play.

With a Bachelor of Fine Art / Bachelor of Teaching and a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle, she is well aware of how interesting and thoughtful design contributes to engaging and imaginative play for children.

Madelyn’s expertise is in designing and drawing; helping clients and customers visualize the artist’s intention, what the finished product will look like, and how their timber can be transformed into a practical work of art with limitless play benefit. She works together with architects, customers and sculptors, to ensure a holistic approach to the design and creation, and advises in creative decisions.

Our History

BUSH & COUNTRY FURNITURE

Bush and Country Furniture was a small business that specialised in rustic natural bush furniture for both indoor and outdoor use.

For many years Andrew specialised in creating useful everyday furniture, such as bookshelves, benches and settings, that also had a striking aesthetic beauty from the natural timber.

As Andrew developed as an artist the business advanced to include more sculptural pieces.

After over 20 years of operation, Bush and Country Furniture was closed to make way for Timber Creations, as Andrew’s vision shifted from domestic furniture to more creative, sculptural pieces; with an aim to instil a love of Australian timbers in children and adults alike through natural play equipment.