When you commission a Luckensmeyer piece, it is made entirely by me. Every aspect of my work, from design concepts through to delivery, and the shaping, crafting and care in between, is imbued with my creative energy. But more than that, I embrace every technique, traditional and modern, and use the best methods to achieve the finest outcomes. With an extensive shop at my disposal, including European CNC machinery and tooling, a high level of efficiency and accuracy is brought to my work. But sometimes the old ways are still better and faster—for example, no machine can cut dovetails with proper proportions between tails and pins. I craft this prized joint by hand.
My bespoke pieces are made to last. And I stand behind them.
Perhaps it’s the feel of the end-grain, freshly hand-planed and polished, or the way a particular part of the grain sparkles and comes alive in the light (technical term: chatoyancy), or maybe the contrasting colours between heartwood and sapwood and their variegated interactions. I don’t know exactly. But timber, alive and warm, is exciting to me.
Very few have an opportunity to make a living by doing something that inspires them. Before starting the business, David did a lot of woodwork, on weekends and at night, and pursued an academic career by day. After earning a PhD, he worked for years teaching, researching and publishing. But the love of timber and the making of beautiful custom furniture was never far from his thoughts. David’s accountant and friend gave him that final nudge: “How many people actually succeed in working out what they want to do in life? Not many. Just go for it!” Now, David works with wood during the day, and on weekends, and at night.
Along the way David met and married Melissa, his wife of eighteen years, and they now have a young family. Serious hobby has given way to serious enterprise—and he has an extensive collection of tools and equipment in his Brisbane workshop. From contemporary custom-made bookcases, coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, to more traditional roll-top desks and cabinets, David has worked on many and varied commissions, never ceasing to learn more about the craft of working with wood. He takes great satisfaction in sharing his design inspiration and passion for fine furniture and interior fitouts, and invites his clients along for the journey.