How Robert became a woodworker.


With few exceptions, Robert is able to produce desired items and reproductions of existing furniture from sketches, photographs and pencil drawings.

Born and raised in Adelaide Robert Narcisi’s passion for woodwork began in his school days. At the age of fifteen he gained an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker with Hamra Brothers at Torrensville and later became a motor body pattern maker, making models of cars out of timber at General Motors at Woodville.

Robert was a salesman for 45 years selling new homes and real estate, owning his own businesses and working for other firms but all the while he continued his craft of cabinetmaking, working at home making furniture, models, coffee tables and ornamental items for his family and home requirements.

Upon moving to Cairns in 2003 he joined the Cairns Woodworkers Guild learning how to turn wood on a lathe to create bowls and small items and later he started to laminate recycled timber from the local joinery to create laminated, larger bowls, plates, bases and models of kitchen utensils. He frequently entered his creations in the craft section of the Cairns Show and was awarded first prize twice.

Robert’s creations have mostly been made from recycled timber that was brand new but going to the dump because carpenters and joiners could not use the sizes.

On returning to Adelaide he has continued his craft work, restoration and repairs, and bespoke cabinetry. With his recent retirement he has been able to focus more fully on more detailed projects such as classic clocks, cupboards, furniture and the like that requires that additional finishing touch.

Robert enjoys the challenge that comes with ideas that clients have and would be delighted to hear from you.