U Beaut Polishes is dedicated to producing polishing products for woodturners, woodcarvers, restorers and general woodworkers.
Their products are easy to use, innovative, work better, and faster than others of a similar kind. They are also great value for money.
Over the past couple of years our products: Shellawax and Shellawax Cream have served to quietly revolutionise finishing for woodturners in Australia. At ‘u Beaut Publishing we produce ‘A Polishers Handbook’ which over the past few years has become almost a bible for finishing in Australia. We also produce the National Woodworkers Calendar & Source Book, Woodies Diary & Instructional Videos .
U-Beaut Enterprises was set up in 1996 as the Parent Company of three other businesses: ‘u Beaut Polishes, ‘u Beaut Publishing, and Central Victorian School of Woodcrafts.These four, all Australian businesses are owned and operated by Neil & Pauline Ellis from their historic homestead in Central Victoria, Australia.
Neil describes himself as a woodcarver by choice and a woodturner, furniture finisher and restorer by necessity, whilst Pauline, a French Polisher describes herself as The Boss and the only real worker in the business.
Neil was the founding president of Central Victorian Woodworkers Guild Inc. was a long-serving member of the Board of Management for Continuing Education in Castlemaine. He has taught woodcarving and woodturning to inmates at the Castlemaine Jail, Malmsbury Youth Training Centre and Loddon Prison. He has also conducted numerous in-service days for the Education Department, teaching woodcarving to teachers. (Described by Neil as; "the same as teaching the crims, only scary")
As a woodcarver Neil has been commissioned to carve such things as the front doors and various internal panels for the Old Melbourne Stock Exchange and Safety Deposit Building. Both of these historic Melbourne landmarks were part of a massive, multi-million dollar restoration job which is now the magnificent new ANZ Bank HQ in the centre of Melbourne. His most recent commission was to carve and polish three large, Huon pine, State Coats of Arms for the newly restored Courts of Appeals in Melbourne.