Mark Lenny

Mark is a designer/maker in wood making furniture and other articles. This is a second career for him. After spending 26 years as a chemical engineer in the corporate world retrenchment was the catalyst to explore new avenues which led to a year’s full time study at the Sturt School for Wood in 1999 and the awakening of a dormant creativity. Since then he has continued to create items from wood initially part time but lately full time. Mark has developed a unique style and innovative techniques of manufacture to create objects which are truly beautiful and soundly constructed. One system of construction that many of his pieces utilise consists of leaning interlocking elements which slide together to form a self supporting structure without the need for glue or hardware. This system is the subject of a patent and has been used for articles such as tables stools bowls and a baptismal font. Influences to Mark’s work are varied and include the Arts and Crafts Movement Bauhaus Constructivism de Stijl his engineering/mathematical background and most definitely nature. Commissioned work includes: traditional office cabinets dining tables ecclesiastical furniture and stools for a café. Mark won an award in the Australian Wood Review "Maximise" competition.

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