Dickie Designs was established in 2015 in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by Andrew Dickie, with the help of his father, Sandy Dickie. The craft of woodwork has been passed down in the Dickie Family through the generations, dating back to the 1820 Settlers when two Thomas brothers – both Carpenters by trade – settled in the Port Alfred Area in the Eastern Cape. Some of the furniture they made is still treasured in the family on Sandy’s maternal side.
It appears that the talent for woodworking was passed through the genes, as Sandy was instantly hooked on woodwork from the age of 8, when his father, Alec Dickie first taught him to turn on the lathe. Sandy’s brother, Robin also had a knack for woodwork, and has been running a successful woodwork business in the Port Alfred area since the 1980s.
With all this woodwork going on, it was not surprising that Andrew followed suit, and started to tinker with wood and woodworking tools as soon as he could walk. He soon developed a passion for designing and building model boats. At the age of 17, he switched from scale model to life size, building a sailing dinghy, and taking any willing crew members out on the dam as often as possible.
Being unsure of what career path to follow after school, Andrew took a year off and helped his father in his workshop. He soon found a niche market supplying door frames to a local builder. This not only brought in some very welcome pocket money, but planted a seed in his mind about woodwork on a larger scale.
After this, Andrew set off to Cape Town to study Construction Studies, and spent his vacations helping Sandy in the workshop to pay for his studies. After obtaining a B.Sc. in Construction Studies, Andrew went to work for a large Construction Company in Johannesburg as a Quantity Surveyor in 2012. While he excelled in this role, being meticulous and diligent by nature, the seed that had been planted several years prior, began to come to the forefront.
In 2015, Andrew and his wife, Megan, decided to take a leap of Faith, and move back to Newcastle to start a full-time woodworking business with Sandy Dickie. Sandy and Andrew gained recognition as producers of quality solid wood furniture. This was cemented when Andre and Lelanie Joubert asked them to design and make all the furniture for a new wedding venue in Newcastle, which is now the very elegant and popular Coach and Stables.
The furniture collection created for The Coach and Stables was a mix of contemporary Scandinavian design, coupled with classic old-timey British joinery techniques, and just a few rustic natural elements. The blend of styles complimented the venue, an Historical Stable from the famous Ryder Haggard’s era, which was modified to incorporate a modern feel in a rustic, historical environment.
For a look at some of our furniture at The Coach and Stables, follow this link: www.thestables.co.za.
Dickie Designs aims to produce top quality products that can be passed on as heirlooms. With the passion that Andrew, Sandy and Megan share for what they produce, their customers are sure to be delighted with whatever they purchase.