Market buddies open central retail outlet

Woodworker Ken Hardy and Bali importer Fay Wright

AN EXCITING new business has recently opened at 32 Wollumbin Street in Murwillumbah offering locals and visitors some creative and inspiring new ways to decorate and furnish their homes.

Woodworker Ken Hardy and Bali importer Fay Wright, teamed up about three months ago after separately working the Pottsville Markets for more than two decades.

Known as Wood ‘n’ Things and Bali Illusion, the pair have developed the space into a shopper’s delight with a range of handmade timber furniture, bread boards, tables, mirrors and much more.

The store also offers a range of unique Bali imports that are handpicked by Fay, who’s a regular visitor to Bali and has some amazing items that she ships back in a container.

Ken has spent the past 25 years refining his wood working skills after working as a plumber.

“I still remember the first time I switched to woodworking,” he said.

“I’d just moved to Nimbin at the time and noticed a guy putting an enormous camphor laurel tree trunk to burn on his property.

“I approached the guy and asked him if I could have the piece to create some furniture.”

With a bit of negotiations, Ken secured the large piece of timber which later ignited a passion for woodworking.

“After that I went on to operate two wood mills and have gathered up enough wood to last a lifetime,” he said.

“So, I’ve been making custom wooden items ever since and it’s something I’ve grown to love.”

Fay, who’s also the Kingscliff Rotary Club president, has been visiting Bali for decades and has seen a popular shift towards Bali-style decorations.

“I like to get items from the mountains of Bali,” she said.

“I try to source unique items for customers, but we’re also open to suggestions and can help with lot of ideas to decorate or furnish your home.”

The pair are also planning to open a small café in the coming weeks.

To find out more about Wood ‘n’ Things and Bali Illusion visit the store at 32 Wollumbin Street or phone 0412 990 752.