Getting to know Mick from Flamin’ Signs

Getting to know Mick from Flamin’ Signs

This month we chatted with our very own pyrographer, Mick, from Flamin’ Signs & Boxes to find out all about his pyrography business that has grown from strength-to-strength since opening in 2012. With a huge line up of  products including mobile phone cases, timber signs and trinket boxes, all products are either hand burnt or lasered and can be personalised using any font you like. Read on to find out more about Flamin’ Signs & Boxes.

When did you start the Flamin’ Signs & Boxes?
Flamin’ Signs started in early 2012. One Christmas, a guy walked past my stall at St Kilda Market and saw my hand burnt sign. He asked me if I could do a custom sign for his property. When he saw the finished product he was so happy with it that I decided to establish the business. In November 2012, we started trading at Queen Vic but only with the signs. By March I had introduced on-the-spot personalised timber trinket boxes and original wood burnt art on boxes, and in 2014 I introduced the olive wood heart engraving.

Have you always been interested in pyrography?
No. My uncle, who was a woodworker, gave me a book on pyrography, so I bought a pyro pen and started practising with designs on the corners of my timber picture frames and framed mirrors to create a point of difference. Since then I have spent over 10,000 hours doing pyrography and I still love it.

What have been some of your biggest challenges?
Starting and continuing a sole trader business while being a stay-home dad to a 1 and 3-year-old. My two are teenagers now and have been coming with me to markets for as long as they can remember – but now they won’t come unless they are paid!

Also, after a few years, pyrography took a toll on my elbow, forearm and wrist, so I was forced to purchase a laser engraver in 2017 to take some of the workload off my arm. Now, I have a mix of both products in store.

What sort of products do you create and w
hat are some of your best-selling products?
I create custom and generic Australian timber signs and plaques, as well as custom and popular names on mango wood trinkets and phone cases. Our custom olive wood hearts can be hand burnt on the spot.

The phone cases are pretty popular and people love the hearts too, as they have an everlasting memory of their visit to Melbourne and Queen Vic Market.

What has been one of your biggest achievements
​The fact that I’m still in business after 7 years, with each year being better than the last.

Can you tell me about the materials you source for your signs? What they are and where they come from?
My sign timber is from sustainable native forests from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. It is either mountain ash and various eucalyptus timbers, including the beautiful birds-eye stringy bark eucalyptus.

What’s the strangest request you’ve had for a custom product?
Most of the strange ones are too inappropriate for me to mention; although, I was once asked to hand-burn an image of someone onto their phone cover.

Have you had anyone famous buy your products before?
No-one famous (yet), but for the first 5 years at the Market I asked every person who purchased from me where they were from and documented 133 countries that my products now reside.

Why did you choose Queen Vic Market?

​It is an icon of Melbourne and from years of outdoor markets dependent on weather, an undercover market is very appealing. I really do love the market trader family at Queen Vic – so many different characters from all over the world all looking out for each other and each other’s stalls. It really is a close knit community. We are the heart of Queen Vic Market.

Check out Flamin’ Signs & Boxes here

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