About Us

"In well designed classrooms, children engage more in extended focussed play and have more positive interactions with their peers”

A long history

Naturally Wood is a family owned and operated business which was established in 2002, with classical cabinet-making training and a combined experience of over 37 years, our team of NZ craftsmen create top quality products by hand, using traditional, tried and tested construction methods.  We work with all types of timbers.

We have our own spraybooth and complete all of our own finishing in our Waiuku workshop.

Our products are designed and built to last, we can take on all types of work from Home furniture to Commercial fit-outs.


Naturally Wood was established prior to 2002 as an adjunct to the New Generation group of early childhood centres, which were owned and managed by Bruce and Shona Davison from 1985 to 2003.

Bruce and Shona studied and travelled the world extensively to bring new ideas and innovations to their childcare centres. During this time they met and worked closely with Dr Anita Rui Olds, helping her to develop design principles for childcare facilities. Dr Olds book Child Care Design Guide was published in 1999 and is still regarded internationally as the definitive book on childcare design.

Naturally Wood was born as a means to share these innovations with other early childhood centres across New Zealand.

Today Naturally Wood is managed by Darren and Michelle Engelbrecht (daughter of Bruce and Shona). They have had over 10 years of experience working in the childcare sector as well as the benefit of the 27 years of knowledge and experience of founders Bruce and Shona Davison.

Our goal is to work with centres to improve their functional operation and efficiency as well as the aesthetic environment of their centre for children, parents and staff.

In well designed classrooms, children engage in more extended, focussed play and have more positive interactions with their peers.