He was four years through a medical degree and now he's all wrapped up in Tassie woollen goodness. Why the shift of career? Lachlan Davey, of the Tasmanian Weaving Company, is like any interesting story you'll find behind a stall at Salamanca Market.
He wanted a life less scripted; now he jumps out of planes, leaps off bungy platforms and well, surrounds himself with the soft landing pad of alpaca and mohair delights when he's on the ground.
I first spotted this burly young man wrapped up in Tassie's winter uniform, a puffer jacket, and sporting a rather delightful scarf at Salamanca Market. It's the type your grandmother would confirm as '18 micron cashmere quality' with a quick reach over the stall table.
I later learn he's set his text books aside to embrace the creative joys of Tasmanian-made goodness. And by the looks of those scarves, throws and blankets being swept up in the chilly morning air, Lachlan is onto a fine little winter recipe. People love quality. People love Tasmanian made. And people especially love warm scarves when it's 0 damn degrees at 8am.
Lachlan so believes in bringing the woolly goodness of Tasmania's north to Salamanca, he's even opened up a large retail space on the main Salamanca strip. You see, this wool comes from good ol' Tassie sheep, gets shipped off to the Head Weaver at Waverly Woollen Mills and is spun into rich coloured wearable warmth. It travels few kilometres before it snuggly reaches around your neck.
Step inside the store and this tactile journey takes you from raw product to an artisan's handspun garment. The colours and softness breathe a sense of warmth. And those feeling a little 'Kath and Kim' will be tempted by the purely Tasmanian MerinoWild throw for their couch.
You'll find Lachlan at 25 Salamanca Place 7 days and every Saturday at the Salamanca Market. This winter, let’s face it; wool is cool. Ask Lachlan. Knit with Lachlan. At least let him help keep you warm.
For more information visit the Tasmanian Weaving Company or find them on Facebook
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