Trent has been in the furniture-making business since commencing his apprenticeship in Wodonga at the ‘Timber Shed Furniture & Wodonga Joinery’ in 2004 where he worked for 7 years specialising in bespoke timber furniture. During this time he also graduated with an apprenticeship in Furniture at Wodonga TAFE, where he was awarded top apprentice in his class. In 2012 he took the opportunity to move to Geelong to gain additional experience in building and installing kitchens, vanities and laundries. After travelling overseas during 2013 he returned to Wodonga and after some time working with kitchen cabinetry, Trent decided to follow his passion of working with timber and launched TKEL Furniture.
Merv Keller (17.4.1955 – 5.1.2018)
Merv came from a farming family, having grown up in the small Mallee country town of Rainbow. Here he completed all his schooling before commencing a 42-year career with the National Australia Bank in March 1973.
After several appointments in rural Victoria, he and his family finally arrived in Wodonga in January 1997 and where they Merv made his home. Merv elected to take 12 months Long Service Leave from the NAB in May 2014. This coincided with Trent starting his own business. This then led to Merv deciding to retire in July 2015 and help Trent to grow his business. At the time this included looking after the organisation of the books but also involved him on almost a daily basis working with Trent. He assisted in the workshop to make furniture etc, as we use a lot of reclaimed timber, he was often designated the job of removing nails, screws etc from the timber before we commenced the job of turning it into a loved piece of For furniture.
Merv passed away in January 2018. Without his passion, commitment and drive, TKEL Furniture would never have come about, for this, we will be forever grateful.
Cain Terry – Apprentice
From an early age, Cain enjoyed being in the shed with his Pa and Dad building small pieces of furniture and novelty items. His love for timber was really uncovered when he undertook timber studies at school while he was a student at Victory Lutheran College. He tried the building and construction and furnishing courses taught at Victory Lutheran College under the same teacher Trent trained under in TAFE. Cain thoroughly enjoyed the furnishing component and would like to continue to develop his skills in this area. Cain completed his Year 11 work experience at TKEL Furniture 1 day a week. His enthusiasm also saw him using any spare time such as school holidays to come in and help out.
We look forward to working with Cain to develop his skills and to become a fine furniture maker at TKEL Furniture, building the future antique.