CRAFTY LOT: Brayden Peck, Marie Dudgeon and Trevor Dudgeon, who make and sell wooden Christmas decorations in Bangalow.
CRAFTY LOT: Brayden Peck, Marie Dudgeon and Trevor Dudgeon, who make and sell wooden Christmas decorations in Bangalow. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Home-made for Christmas

TREVOR Dudgeon has been making Christmas decorations and selling them from his front lawn for the past 10 years.

The Bangalow man's wooden reindeers, sleds and Christmas trees bring people from far and wide who stop by the side of the road to take photos or order a set for themselves.

"The best thing is meeting the people who stop by," Mr Dudgeon said.

"It's really entertaining to see what people do with them once they purchase them, too."

From the time he was a young boy, Mr Dudgeon's grandson Brayden Peck has helped his grandfather place the decorations and lights up on the roof and put the wares on display on the lawn.

This year, Mr Peck, 24, has taken up a full-time role with his grandfather, sawing and sanding the decorations.

The pair are also building a child's cubby house which they had to clamber out for this story.

"It's a good bonding experience for us," Mr Peck said, adding that his grandfather is a "good boss".

"We've been making some new designs as well, but there is a bit of a generation gap as grandad uses inches and I'm trying to do everything in centimetres."

Mr Dudgeon's wife Marie looks after the sales side of the decoration business. And astonishingly, the family usually outsell the previous year's wares simply through people turning up and knocking on their door.

"We don't do any advertising, it's just all word of mouth," Mrs Dudgeon said.

Mrs Dudgeon also said she loves to see the way young children react to the decorations. All Mr Dudgeon's Christmas decorations come flat-packed and slot together without nails. They range from $40 to over $100.

Check it out

To see the Christmas decorations visit the Dudgeon's place on Granuaille Road in Bangalow.


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