Back in 1803 the first deer were introduced to Australia. We take our name from that date, because in a way that’s when our story began. My family has been sustainably and ethically farming red deer on rolling pastures near Orange, Central NSW for 40 years.
The idea of 1803 began with a commitment to the nose-to-tail philosophy and a spirit of collaboration. 1803 works with talented Australian artisans to use antlers and hides which are the natural bi-products of deer farming.
Our artisans are our heroes. They have developed rare and traditional skills, and they value the process of working with our beautiful natural materials. Their attention to detail and the care and time this takes mean we make our premium products in small runs. In everything we make there is a transparency and integrity that we are really proud of.
Every 1803 product is hand made by talented Australian artisans who start with the finest natural materials, the antlers and hides from our family deer farm. We are friends and collaborators, which is very much a part of the 1803 story. Our artisans are the very core of what we do and who we are. They are masters of their respective crafts, and it has taken them many years to develop their rare and traditional skills. We value the integrity and detailed processes required to handcraft beautiful pieces in small runs; it is how you create something beautiful. We are proud to share their skills and beautiful craftsmanship with you.
Deer farmer & venison processor
Tim is my brother. He’s a deer farmer, venison processor, stand-up father and husband and good bloke. Tim works hard to farm his deer sustainably and ethically, caring for both beast and land.
Tim established Mandagery Creek Venison in 2000 and his premium Australian venison is now served in many of the best Good Food Guide hatted restaurants in Australia and exported around the world.
Tharwa Valley Forge
Our antler-handled blade collection is hand forged by a small group of talented bladesmiths in the pretty and historic Tharwa Valley, just south of Canberra.
Karim Haddad, established Tharwa Valley Forge in 2003, through which he runs The Australian Bladesmithing School.
Karim trained in the early 1990's under Australia's first Master Bladesmith, Thomas Gerner, and has combined his experience as a professional educator and passion for the traditional art of knifemaking, as he shares his knifemaking expertise through the largest bladesmithing school in Australia.
During busy 1803 production runs, we are lucky enough to sometimes have the finishing room buzzing with up to six blade smiths as they set, finish, polish and sharpen our lovely blades. It is exciting to collaborate with such a passionate and capable team and know that together we are doing our best to keep the old skills alive.
Owner & founder of 1803
Hello, my name is Penny and I am very proud of 1803 as we strive to make our family deer farm even more sustainable by minimising waste and using the whole beast. I am lucky as 1803 allows me to work closely with my brother Tim, stay connected to my country heritage (despite being a long-term city dweller) and collaborate with some truly talented people.
Our artisans apply traditional skills, their creative eye and an appreciation of the natural beauty of all things deer to handcraft premium products that are ruggedly handsome and authentically Australian.
It is a privilege to share their expertise with you. Thank you for your support.