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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Every Australian bloke needs a shed, but Carl Britton is one of the few who makes a living from spending time there. His Launceston shed is the base for his family business, Salvaged Cycles. You can see what’s new in Carl’s shed on his Facebook page ‘Salvaged Cycles’ or by checking www.salvagedcycles.com.au. I t is Smithton in 1981 and I am 11 years old. My slice of the island extends from Marrawah to Rocky Cape and my pushbike is my only means of transport. It is Saturday morning – the lads and I are heading off on our pushies to the Montague tip. There is nothing that I would rather be doing than spending the next few hours filtering through the garden waste and household rubbish in search of small salvageable gems. We will race each other to ever y fresh ute load or trailer load that is dumped, hoping to find something we can use. I will collect all sorts of things throughout the morning but mostly I am looking for bicycle parts to modify my creations or better still – the jackpot – an old discarded bike to begin a whole new creation. I spent quite a bit of time in the shed, building bikes up from the parts found. Growing up in rural Tasmania taught me to use the limited resources that were available. In bigger cities there are more options and less need to salvage – this seems to create more waste and there are many useful and interesting things being lost. I certainly would never have made the oddities I did from new mater ials. I wonder if anyone from Smithton can still recall some of the more bizarre tip constructions I rode around in those days? That’s how it all began. My slice of the island Carl Britton Photos: Will Hoffmann of Insight Design Studio www.insightdesignstudio.com.au In Tasmania today 42 February / March 2012
Apr May 2012