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Floorboards

A Christchurch icon for well over a century, Lane Walker Rudkin was the clothier of choice for generations of Cantabrians. These narrow Rimu floorboards would have been quite “en vogue” during the early 20th century, and came into the possession of The Laboratory after the woeful and scandalous collapse of LWR in 2009. Fortunately, the floorboards bear no trace of the misdeeds perpetrated by their former CEO. 

Sarking

It is 1915. Massey is Prime Minister, and the world is at war. Meanwhile, in the cosy Christchurch suburb of Papanui, residents are keeping calm and carrying on with the devout work of building a bible school for their children. Nearly a century later, the Canterbury earthquakes get the best of this revered building, leaving this noble Rimu sarking without a home. Always eager to oblige, we were happy to incorporate such pedigreed material into our own modern chapel, of sorts. 

Staircase

If we only knew of the sensational tales that this staircase has heard! After a fair bit of detective work, it has been discovered that this staircase is from the old boarding house at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. This beautiful piece of wood craftsmanship left such an impression on us that we designed the rest of the building around it!

Bricks

In the blue collar beginning days of Canterbury, there were a number of brickworks that called the garden city and surroundings home.  Among these moulders of clay and earth were individuals with immortal Canterbury names, such as Deans and Wigram. These pioneers individually pressed and stamped their bricks, meaning each brick would carry its creator’s distinctive style and signature.

Bi-fold School Doors

Imagine 3 p.m. on a warm spring day. The school bell rings and these doors swing wide open onto the veranda, dousing you in sunlight and warmth. Summer is almost here!  For thousands of Hallswell Primary School students, these doors signified just that. They are of classic 1950s style, with long, wide openings, and flatly folding doors. You might say the doors have advanced into a science degree now, as they are to open into The Laboratory’s ‘classroom’ space for beer education and other assorted gatherings.

Corrugated Iron

Why go to Resene and shell out a fortune for a weathered effect, when Mother Nature will do it for you? In fact, if the outside of our kitchen looks like an old rugged farm shed, you are not far off the mark. We sourced this corrugated iron cladding from The Pump House salvage yard in Linwood, after it was recovered from an area farm. In the days before galvanisation, the original farmer dipped the cladding in tar to keep out the Canterbury rains.

Telephone Box Doors

As steeped as the new brewery is in Canterbury lore, these ‘telephone box’ doors are a firm nod to The Laboratory’s British roots. Flaunting the “currant red” colour and finely paned windows of the traditional British telephone box, these doors are to serve as a portal between the bar and the courtyard spaces. They were salvaged from a Christchurch school, and are also notable for their uneven dimensions and wheelchair accessibility.

Brewery Doors

In the 19th century heyday of Christchurch’s textile industry, these doors would have opened and closed like the beat of a heart to allow for the passage of goods and materials. This tradition continued when the Twisted Hop Real Ale Brewpub opened in Poplar Lane. After a full year of post-earthquake uncertainty, CERA allowed us access to the red zoned site to retrieve infrastructure and equipment from the soon-to-be demolished building.

Toilet Doors

Long a canvas for poetry and sordid revelations, the toilet doors have been honourably discharged from duty at the swimming pool changing rooms of St. Martin’s Primary School. All attempts have been made to rub off swear words with pencil. Former aspiring writers from there should see The Laboratory staff, for assistance with alleviating sorrows.

Weatherboard

A century’s worth of sunny afternoons and sideways gales have etched themselves into this vintage rimu timber.  You can imagine the satisfied, if maybe a little skeptical, smile of the Rakaia farmer upon hearing that his Grandfather’s weatherboard was destined for a new life in Lincoln. Luckily for us, with the help of the good people of Silvan Salvage, these boards said goodbye to giant salmon and hello to barley and hops. 

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