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Framed to last: Red Lion Workshop

The constructions exude strength, and built from classic pegged timber framing they are made to last. From his converted shearing shed workshop on a picturesque farm in North Canterbury, Nigel Wilson creates large-scale, elegant and beautiful wooden structures that would elevate any outdoor environment.



“I learned the craft while living in Canada,” says Nigel.

“Traditional joinery of this type using carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs is well known in North America.”

Nigel can build everything from cabins and outdoor furniture to decorative trusses and feature gates. He particularly enjoys making structures that frame outdoor living.

“Pergolas, gazebos and porticos are my speciality now. They require engineering expertise and building experience both of which I gained from my previous work.

“After talking with clients about what they need I come up with a concept and then build the structure. I cut all the pieces required here in my workshop and assemble them on site. It is remarkable how quickly they can be erected.”

All the timber Nigel uses is grown and milled in North Canterbury – redwood, Japanese larch, macrocarpa and Douglas fir – apart from the wooden pegs which are shaped from imported oak.

“I am very fortunate that there are three excellent mills nearby.” Contact Nigel on 021 249 9729 or at


On reflection

We’ve been courting a boho aesthetic in our abodes for a while now, and with the effortless chic that a large format mirror leaning casually against a wall affords us – they are poised to play a starring role in this style narrative.



A stand-out style in any abode, the boho or Bohemian look is a welcome digression away from the conservative. Relaxed, carefree and impossibly chic, its aesthetic flies in the face of convention.

Rugs, curtains, duvets and lighting can all play their part in the ultimate boho style story, but it’s the full-length or large format freestanding mirror that we’ve been reflecting on and we think it captures the beauty in any space.

With warm, earthy tones playing a popular role in the boho story, mirrors with natural timber frames are a stylish addition au naturel for a more coastal feel, or in a crisp white if it’s a cleaner, pared back palette that features in your décor dreams. Gilded frames bring a château mood, and black metal frames feel clean and contemporary.

If wall space is limited, corners can be the ideal spot for a freestanding mirror, which can soften the overall effect of your space. Bring the outside in by angling the mirror to reflect a
window or internal greenery, making the room feel larger.

Draping a climbing plant around the mirror will provide some visual interest and some serious styling brownie points, while hanging a rustic straw hat or purse from it will further spruce up your space.


Timber stands the test of time: Timber Tru

If you’re planning a new kitchen build, or are renovating or upgrading the existing space, the experienced team at Timber Tru specialises in creating stunning, bespoke designs.



As a member of the Registered Master Joiners’ Federation, they’ve been making quality timber joinery for more than 22 years, and have a combined timber joinery and carpentry experience of more than 50.

Whether you have architectural plans ready to go, or are still compiling ideas, Tony van der Plas and his team are happy to work alongside clients from start to finish to ensure the best result possible.

“We can help with the concept and design if clients ask for this, or we can work with their plans. Every one of our kitchens is different and clients really love this exclusivity.

“We’re also happy to work with any material clients want – from veneered timber, to plywood or melamine. It all depends on personal choice and budget. We can also organise the benchtops and all the hardware, as well as installing the kitchen.”

All joinery is made on site at Timber Tru’s workshop. “To build and install a quality kitchen takes between three to six weeks and quality is of the utmost importance to us.”

The team also make joinery for laundries and bathrooms; timber windows and doors and they can also do commercial joinery for schools or shop fit-outs.

To request a free consultation, phone 03 389 2986 or email Tony at


Prestigious timber projects

Timber’s benefits make for a lengthy list – spanning both form and function and, while its longevity of use speaks of its function, it’s the NZ Wood Resene 2020 Timber Design Awards that speak of its form.



The Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown may have put paid to the celebratory event for the highly-acclaimed, annual showcase of the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber, but local winners of this prestigious event have been announced.

Haus Expresso (Dalman Architects), Arvida Living Well Park Lane (Jasmax), St Patricks Church (WSP Opus), CSO Centre, Christchurch Town Hall – Ron Ball Studio (Warren & Mahoney), Boat Shed – Lyttelton (Christchurch City Council), Farmers Corner Pavilion Ashburton (PTL Consultants) and the James Hay Theatre Timber Floor – Christchurch Town Hall (Timbers of NZ) are just some of the exceptional local projects to receive awards this year.

St Patricks Church (pictured) offers a stunning example of how structural timber elements can be expressed as the main architectural feature of a building.

Utilising New Zealand grown radiata pine with a clear coat finish, the timber creates a warm feel for the 250 square metre church.

The Lincoln project by WSP Opus was the winner of a new category – Public Design.

It was also the proud winner of an Interior Architecture award in the NZIA’s 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards (page 79).

“Once again, the quality of entries is exceptional,” judges agree.

“More and more novel, innovative applications of timber are submitted every year. The quality, design, materials and build philosophies employed demonstrate the evolving and imaginative use of timber in New Zealand and indeed, around the world.”


Exceptionally bespoke: Gavin Cox Furniture

If you are looking for beautifully crafted furniture to liven up your home, we have the perfect place for you – Gavin Cox Furniture.










The company has been producing top quality furniture for 37 years, with Tim Cridge becoming the owner in 2005.

To say that Tim knows exactly what he is doing is an understatement, as he was a long-serving employee, since 1992, before he took over the business.

So we have to ask, what types of pieces is he frequently asked to construct?

“All of our furniture tends to be signature pieces in the home, with a demand for feature dining table and chairs, console tables, sideboards and entertainment units,” he says.

With everything that has been going on recently, it is now more important than ever to support local and Gavin Cox Furniture is just that.

“We are proud to be a small locally owned and operated business here in Christchurch, where we specialise in making quality solid timber furniture,” Tim says.