When you first meet Ben Cheyne you would think he is your typical Aussie bloke but when you ask him what he does for a living and says, “I Sew”, it always raises some eyebrows!  Ben has a unique talent being an industrial textile sewing machinist, manufacturing anything and everything using Shade Cloth, Canvas & PVC Vinyl products.


At a young age Ben grew up surrounded by sewing machines so it was inevitable he would now make a living behind a sewing machine.  This family man started his trade locally in Townsville with a canvas manufacturer making/repairing marques, tents and swags at a very young age of just 16, (in 1992).  At 21, he moved to Sydney where he gained greater experience in this field & found himself managing, designing and installing large waterproof shade structures on a residential & commercial scale all over Sydney.


Ben’s expertise and passion quickly progressed in this trade with a National Television appearance, working alongside Jamie Durie and Tara Dennis for a popular house and garden renovation show called Backyard Blitz.  This was a career highlight and memorable experience working on a total backyard makeover for a family in need.

I absolutely love being my own boss, Ben says! My ideas and imagination can be explored in greater detail...

fter a decade in Sydney, Ben & his wife Amanda decided to return back to Townsville where they both grew up, to raise a family and now have 3 sons.


Ben gained more valuable experience working all over North Queensland for a business specialising in fabricating and building Shade Structures from the ground up for government schools, childcare centres, council parks & major shopping car parks.


After parting company in 2015, Ben couldn’t put his passion in textile fabrication to rest after a lifetime full of knowledge in this unique trade.  He made the decision it was time to go out on his own and obtained the necessary qualifications for his trade, such as a Business Management Certificate and a QBCC license in building small structures to go with his Cert 3 in Textile Fabrication.


He has now proudly established this business called Cheyne Shades & Canvas and enjoys creating unique shade covers for people’s homes, businesses, vehicles, machinery & watercraft, just to name a few.

I absolutely love being my own boss, Ben says!  My ideas, creativity and imagination can now be explored in greater detail, their is no holding back.  From designing and installing curved steel shade structures to a unique Ute Pet Shade cover that protects your fury friends in the back tray of your own Ute.  “My days are so varied”, from making or repairing a shade sail, to being called out with my machine to do onsite repairs on camper trailer covers.  Nothing is off limits, I can make a cover any size and shape, to protect the life of your goods from the elements, being so important in our harsh tropical climate.


Ben says, “with precise measurements, fabric type, sewing technique and the use of top quality materials, one of my Shade covers will last for years and years in our sun”.  “My customers are amazed with the results in heat and glare reduction and cooler temperatures when custom fitted and made by me”. “When sewn correctly, installed and the sail tensioned, a Shade Sail should look architecturally pleasing to the eye when created the right way from the very beginning to the end of the project, he says.  There is an art to getting your shade to look, sit and fit right, my experience using industrial sewing machines, has proven that.


Now with Multiple Australian Industry Awards, Ben Cheyne was awarded in May 2017, a ‘Special Commendation’ for Product Innovation for his creative design, superior products used in the making of this product and the installation of our “Ute Pet Shade Cover”. A career highlight awarded by Australia’s Specialised Textile Association. In May 2018, Ben was awarded the ‘WINNER’ 2018 Awards for Excellence in Shade Sails/Structures – Domestic for his Riverside Shade Sail Project located in Douglas, Qld. In June 2019, Ben was Awarded the ‘WINNER’ 2019 Award for Shade Sails/Structures – Domestic for his Alice River Shade Sail Project. Again in October 2020, Ben was awarded the ‘WINNER’ 2020 Award for Shade Sails/Structures – Domestic for his Toomulla Beach Shade Sail Project. In August, 2022, Ben was Awarded the ‘WINNER’ 2022 Award for Shade Sails/Structures – Domestic for his Patio Shade Sail Project located in Hyde Park, Qld. We are extremely proud of his continued achievements and dedication to providing outstanding products to each and every customer.


Ben’s wife Amanda forms a vital part of the daily operation of the business whilst maintaining a smooth transition of new jobs coming into the workshop and managing onsite projects. Amanda’s career background as a Personal Assistant in Real Estate Sales, Marketing and Executive Support Roles, also gives her great attention to detail in the promoting and production of our Shade Products. She will greet you with a smile and a giggle when you come into our workshop office and certainly keeps Ben well organised.

Ben and Amanda also work closely with expert local tradesman when preparing and installing projects onsite such with excavation services, concrete suppliers and crane operators, just to name a few.



Qualifications – Ben Cheyne
  • Over 30 Years Experience, Local & Interstate
  • Trade Qualified Industrial Sewing Machinist
  • Cert 3 in Textile Fabrication
  • Cert 4 in Small Business Management


  • 🏆2017 SPECIAL COMMENDATION WINNER in Product Innovation
  • 🏆2018 WINNER for Shade Sails/Structures Domestic
  • 🏆2019 WINNER for Shade Sails/Structures Domestic
  • 🏆2020 WINNER for Shade Sails/Structures Domestic
  • 🏆2022 WINNER for Shade Sails/Structures Domestic
  • 🏆2023 WINNER for Shade Sails/Structures Domestic
  • 🏆2023 WINNER for PVC Tension Sails/Structures Domestic
  • 🏆2024 WINNER for Shade Sails/Structures Domestic
Fully Licensed & Insured
  • Qualified Builders Licence – No: 15007645
  • QBCC License for Installation Special Structures/Shade Sails
  • Licensed for building works valued over $3,300.00 on dwellings.
  • Specialised Textiles Association Member Since 2015.
  • Products & Public Liability $20M.

Call Ben Cheyne for a free measure & quote anytime on 0420 899 855.