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Thirston Morris

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  At the age of 3 our family moved to Walkerville, a regional area south of Johannesburg.

It was Plot 54 which really shaped me, living on a small holding where my father, who was recognised as a master craftsman, built everything.  It was here in his workshop where I was encouraged to try anything.

I carved, turned, built small projects and large. I can remember constantly asking him “what wood is this?”, getting him to fix my poor sharpening technique and often driving him mad  by mistreating one of his tools.  I also had to help him when building projects for or around the house.  I made plenty of mistakes, accumulated a number of scars but I learnt.

From 1991 until 2005 I lived in the United Kingdom, during this period I studied Fine Arts for two years and I studied for and was awarded two City and Guilds from London Metropolitan University, one in Hand Crafted Cabinet Making and the other in Wood Machining.

In 2005 I moved together with my wife and two young children to Australia. For my wife it was a homecoming after 13 years and for me it was a new adventure. We have based ourselves in the Shoalhaven on the NSW South Coast, which along with an amazing escarpment and beautiful beaches is also home to some of Australia’s’ finest furniture makers.  I count makers like Leon Sadubin, Phil Gould, David Upfill Brown, Warwick Wright and BrianLindberg as friends and I have had the good fortune to work for and with many of these makers.

The furniture I really love to make, explores contradictions,  opposites, misdirection and surprise.  Whether this is achieved through textures, shapes, function or just perception.   I like to incorporate Ideas derived from architecture  and nature and I like furniture which has some complexity in the construction.

– Thirston Morris

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