Written by Max Thornton (Year 11)
On Wednesday 14 March, the Year 11 Industrial Technology Timber classes went to visit Loughlin Furniture in West Gosford and Shamrock Joinery in Ourimbah as part of our Industry Study assessment. We met Rob from Loughlin Furniture, he is the owner and started the business over ten years ago. Assisting Rob was his wife on finance and sales, and three other employees that provide vital industry skills and knowledge in the production of solid timber furniture. They gave up their time to tell us about the business and the way it runs, from rough sawn material to a completed product. This provided us with a valuable insight into how a ‘smaller’ business runs.
After an hour and a half of discussion we moved to Shamrock Joinery in Ourimbah and met Mark the Floor Manager and he provided a greater understanding of a ‘larger’ business, the way it runs and the machinery that goes into each production processes. The company name, Shamrock started 3 years ago, but the business has over 30 years experience creating custom timber windows, shutters and doors. We learnt about the staff and their roles in the business, there are 26 staff members involved in production, and 7 involved in the sales, marketing and every day running of the business.
The experience was of great benefit to me, as it provided an insight of how I could possibly get a job in that work area. Rob from Loughlin Furniture explained how one of their apprentices obtained his position by presenting himself well, and displaying a strong work ethic as well as independence. The excursion helped to further my knowledge of the Timber and Furniture industry, and I was surprised at how many processes can be completed by larger machinery with the ability to speed up production and create quality products.