About Us

HANDMADE is what makes our products boutique and special!

Where it all started!

  • Our wealth of experience began three generations ago by Violet Platthy, a skilled artist and painter, designing and cutting out by hand her beautiful decorative wooden plates.
  • It was Violet who drew the first Australia map puzzle with its interlocking animals while Csilla, her equally talented daughter, added the states on top.
  • Their personal story can be found in “The Rocks Paper Scissors” by Sarah Crawford (circa 2012) which takes a beautiful celebratory walk down “The Rocks” memory lane.
  • Today, the Australia double layer puzzle is still a bestseller!

Today and into the Future!

  • The company is still family owned, certified Made in Australia (No: 7499) and 100% committed to designing and manufacturing in Australia using sustainably sourced materials.
  • Our product range has now expanded to include international heritage maps, 3D vertical puzzles and decorative coasters and placemats.
  • Assembly and packaging is still done by hand!
  • See our stockists list for an outlet near you or visit us online!

Noteworthy Events from the Past!

  • Woodencrafts was a founding stall holder at the Rocks Markets.
  • One of the first businesses of its kind to use a laser cutter to improve production quality.
  • Operated a successful shop in the Darling Harbour precinct in 1988.
  • A double page feature showcasing our puzzles in JAL Airlines Winds Magazine (Dec 1989).

More noteworthy Events from the Past!

  • The “Oztree Puzzle” was chosen for the Powerhouse Museum toy collection in 1986.
  • Woodencrafts received official recognition from Buckingham Palace by way of a thank you letter after Princess Anne was given the same “Oztree Puzzle” to take home as a gift during her visit to the Royal Easter Show in 1988.

Our pledge to you, the Customer!

  • We will do our best to provide you with a great customer experience and want you to be 100% happy with your purchase.
  • We are happy to receive advice and constructive feedback, via our Contacts page, email or mobile, especially concerning a custom order you might like to place.

Website: www.woodencrafts.com.au

Phone: 0402 220 308 (Brian) or 0416 160 661 (Coralie)