Shed of salvaged treasures

September 13, 2017

Scott Briant has gone to great lengths to give his bar a rustic atmosphere.

Old items in the shed.

Old mechanical and agricultural tools feature.

The old scooters and handsaws on the wall might be rusting away but there is plenty of life in Toolamba resident Scott Briant’s shed, known to his family as ‘‘our ranch’’.

In the past two years Mr Briant has applied a rustic look to the entertainment area, with corrugated iron salvaged from an old hayshed lining the walls.

Mounted on the walls are anything from old mower blade sharpeners, to a set of 1890 dumbbells found under a house in Stanhope.

‘‘I like the old farming tools more than the signs or bowsers because it is a bit of fun working out what they were used for — most of them work and are still in good condition as well,’’ Mr Briant said.

‘‘The oldest item in here is probably the 1887 fence strainer and it still works perfectly.’’

Mr Briant’s favourite items are the old-school scooters because he remembers them from his childhood.

Some of the quirky touches he has added are chairs made from tractor seats and wheel hubs; a wine glass rack made from a sleeper back, railway nails and a garden rake; and an old chicken feeder turned into a light fitting.

Like any good bar, Mr Briant’s comes with an inviting fireplace with the 1970s Cooper chimney sourced from a family renovating a home.

Old truck part scales in the corner of the room were given to Mr Briant after he noticed they were being thrown out at his then-workplace.

‘‘They said, ‘if you give us a bottle of bourbon, you can have them’.

‘‘The trouble was moving them. I had to call in my farmer neighbour to help move them in before the walls went up in the entertainment area.

‘‘They weigh about half a tonne.’’

Most of the parts come from swap meets or garage sales, but Mr Briant and his children often go prospecting with a metal detector in the bush or on farms with permission from the owners.

‘‘You can find all kind of things from yesteryear,’’ he said.

‘‘I guess my mechanical background comes into it — I like to have an agriculture-like vibe to the space.

‘‘We eat out here almost every night, it’s a good viewing spot for the footy and people often drop in here after work.’’

The television stands out, mounted in a Freightliner truck grille he found in a wrecker’s yard.

The entertainment area is still a work in progress for Mr Briant, who wants to create a matching dining table for the room from railway sleepers and railway nails to tie in with the room’s old-school feel.

An old office next to the expanded area, now a children’s space with a pool table, is yet to be decked out and is next on the list.

—Declan Martin

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