Quirky furniture designer gives new life to old boards:
AFTER an ambitious attempt to take on surfing Caleb Telfer instead stumbled across a different life-changing hobby.
“Basically, my wife went to the tip shop and while she was looking around she came across an old surfboard for me to take to the beach, but it was in such bad shape all it did was sink.
“But rather then just leaving it sit there my wife asked me to make use of it,” the 30-year-old said.
This was about three years ago and it was the moment CT’s Custom Creations was born.
Since then the Caloundra resident has developed his own business making outdoor showers and other unique furniture pieces from recycled surfboards and timber.
Sourcing materials from all around the region through various community notice boards and rubbish tips he has found a way to turn these pieces of ‘trash’ into ‘treasure’.
“Even if boards are broken I’ve been using timber to re-join them together, it fancies them up a bit,” said Mr Telfer.
The company also offers to make customised pieces for customers wishing to use their own personal boards.
A service, Mr Telfer says hasn’t yet taken off.
“We offer to make showers at a discounted price if people donate the board they want us to use,” he said.
Mr Telfer is a carpenter by trade and says he has always had a keen eye for furniture design.
“I’ve always had a love for making furniture ever since I was young I grew up always building things,” he said.
Now his life-long passion has become a fun-filled family activity.
“Even my little three year old is out the back hammering away with us.”
SHOWER POWER: Caleb Telfer has found a niche by constructing and selling surfboard showers.
NEVER BOARD: Caleb Telfer has found a niche by constructing and selling surfboard showers, with help from his children Kierly-Shae and Braithe Telfer.