Hello, my name is Oliver MacLatchy, I am the designer and maker at Wood Melbourne, where I make timber bathroom furnishings, such as baths, bath spouts and shower heads. There was and still is a real impression that timber doesn't work in the bathroom. I love timber, and I love using it everywhere that I can when I build, so I was determined to find a way to make timber in bathrooms work. This is where I discovered Whittles waxes. I had tried everything from oils to epoxies and nothing did what I wanted it to do; the oils and epoxies changed the colour and look of the timber and didn't provide the water protection that I was after. Not only does Whittles' Treatex do everything I want it to, it’s also very user and environmentally friendly. I use it on my bath spouts, taps and showerheads and am really confident that I can rely on it. I love the way it seals and protects but still leaves the timber looking naturally beautiful without changing colour or yellowing. I'm a big fan!

 Oliver MacLatchy

Wood Melbourne was founded by carpenter, builder, tinkerer and inventor Oliver MacLatchy.

Oliver Maclatchy loves people but he loves timber more. He loves the way timber looks and feels, its versatility, how it ages with you and tells a story. In Oliver’s world, timber belongs in every room of the home. 

Oliver likes to be alone with his timber sometimes to conduct late night experiments and to tinker with reclaimed and recycled timber. During one of these sessions in his workshop in 2013, Oliver invented timber spouts, the likes of which have never been seen before. 

Wood Melbourne, much like the material, has grown naturally since that famous night. Wood timber spouts provide a warm, sustainable and natural alternative to traditional spouts. Each individual Wood timber spout is designed and made by hand in Oliver’s workshop in Melbourne. 

The raw timber used for each spout is reclaimed timber that goes through a 12 step process by hand including denailing, sanding and waxing. This process makes sure each finished timber spout is unique in aesthetic but uniform in levels of exceptional craftsmanship and quality.


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Photography: Tara Pearce www.tarapearce.com.au
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