As both Curvwood Director and our joiner extraordinaire, Truett Dellow wears a couple of hats. And with each, he’s a shining example of creativity, craftsmanship and incredible commitment. Truett has always loved working with his hands and working hard. He always knew he wanted to start his own business and Curvwood continues to be that vision, realised.
He always had an interest in wood so excelled at woodwork while at school, but his father encouraged him to join the family business, Dellow Conversions, where he learnt a great deal about what it takes to run a business. He also worked on the physically demanding railways for a few years. One day, he decided to take the leap and follow his passion.
“I enjoy having a red hot go at whatever I do, which is one of the many great life lessons I learnt from my dad. It’s kept me moving forward and helped me focus on what I’m really passionate about.”
And that’s timber. When Truett had the chance to further master his joinery skills with his father-in-law, Ron Gattone, he jumped at it.
“Ron’s an amazing teacher and mentor and I really enjoy learning from him. When I want to learn, I love researching a subject until I’ve got the full concept. Ron’s more technical… and that’s a great mix.”
It’s a mix that works perfectly at Curvwood, where Ron has come on as a Director and Advisor.
Truett is also chuffed to once more be working with his sister, Lanie, who has joined us. “Family is so important, and when you can work with someone like Lanie, who’s also incredibly creative and competent, it’s fantastic.”
Truett created Curvwood with his equally driven partner, Eva Dellow and a focus on sustainable and exceptional glulam fabrication. “Dad encouraged us at an early age to be go-getters, and I truly believe you need to also follow your passion. I love everything about timber: the look, the smell, everything. And I love looking at a problem and finding a solution. I was taught to be business minded, but it’s so much more rewarding when you can mix business with creativity and a challenge.”
For Truett, Curvwood is also about setting a great example, and providing a future for his kids. “My grandfather taught me to appreciate the simple things in life. For me, it’s Italian food, red wine, yoga… and family.”
He also believes strongly in honesty. “If we’re looking at a project and I feel it needs a particular conversation, it’s so important to do that. It’s about looking at challenges and finding a way through to the best possible solution.”