Lloyd Kellett / One Man’s Trash

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013



Lloyd Kellett’s out-of-work-hours business, One Man’s Trash, now with shopfront at The Emporium. Photos – Siobhan Curran


The latest round of Renew Newcastle projects at The Emporium (the former David Jones) on Hunter Street Mall have turned up some cracking talent for all to see (Thu – Sat). On a recent visit I was particularly taken with the treasures inside One Man’s Trash. Lloyd Kellett not only builds race-winning billy carts but assembles lighting, furniture and homewares pieces using reclaimed timbers and spare parts that are positively Burton-esque.


If necessity if the mother of invention, Lloyd is its father…his industrial inventions are indeed necessary for anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship.




Condensed CV:

Gyprocker and bricklayer by trade, in building industry for the last 20 years. Working a day job as a sign installer currently. Began building furniture in December 2012 as we needed a desk for a nook in our home, found some materials in the shed and it has evolved from there.


What has been your most memorable project?

Building Tiny Dancer – the second fastest billy cart in all the land.





Top: Billycarts Tiny Dancer (front) and Toe Cutter (back). Photo – Brett Piva. Bottom: Camera shy Lloyd at it in his workshop in Wallsend. Photo – Mel Kellett. 


What would be your dream project?

Turning One Man’s Trash into the day job would be the ultimate goal. Any project that came along with that would be great.


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

The fit-out of our storefront on a tight budget and timeframe.


What is your most treasured possession?

My collection of collections.



L: One Man’s Trash desk, office chair with castors, desk lamp and organiser. R: Laboratory aromatherapy oil burner. Photos – Siobhan Curran.


What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Well the day job Monday to Friday involves sign installation and all that comes with that. Once I knock off of an evening I am either to the shed to work on custom orders, projects etc or out to an install. There is also phone calls to return, emails and quotes to do.


What is your most valuable pearl of wisdom gained since starting your business?

Sleep is overrated.


Where do you derive creative inspiration?

From rusty, discarded items. I see the potential and make it up from there in my head.



Locket necklaces available at One Man’s Trash. Photos – Siobhan Curran.


Which other designers, artists or creative people are you most inspired by at the moment?

Not really into art or anything like that so don’t know of any sorry.


What are some of your favourite websites or blogs?

The freebies section of Gumtree is a personal fave.


Apart from your work, what other interests, passions, hobbies do you have?

In my spare time I am into billy carting, music and eating.




The incredible assemblage of Lloyd’s lamps. Photos – Siobhan Curran.


How long have you been a Novocastrian?

Originally from Tamworth and Gunnedah, I moved here about 20 years ago. That makes me a legit Novocastrian, I think.

Newcastle in a word?



What do you love and hate about living in Newcastle?

The people. Everyone knows everyone.


How is Newcastle different to anywhere else?

The variety. The beaches, the history, the suburbs. So much to do for all kinds of people.



L: Another of Lloyd’s lamps – they are very photogenic! R: A little fascination with skulls x homewares throughout the store. Photos – Siobhan Curran.


Where are your favourite places in Newcastle / Hunter to:

+ eat

T&Ps Fire Station Pies (31 Union St, Cooks Hill)


+ drink

I don’t actually drink. My other half loves the coffee and eats from One Penny Black (cnr Hunter & Morgan Sts, Newcastle) though.


+ shop

Auld & Grey (92 Maitland Rd, Islington)


+ play

No time for that!


+ relax

My workshop with a project or seven on the go.


What is Newcastle / Hunter’s best-kept secret?

People will need to come visit our great city to find out!



Bookends perfect for some vintage reads. Photo – Siobhan Curran.


Shop: One Man’s Trash , The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle. Thu 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm.

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