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On a late winter Saturday afternoon Bryce Courtney breezed into the gallery. There was urgency if not desperation to find a box to fit the stack of hand written manuscript for his first novel “the Power of One”. No box in the gallery was deep enough. How deep? About 200 mm. We can have it made to order. “In a week?” “For my wife’s birthday!” A week. Phone calls. And yes, says Garrick blue, I have one length of timber that would suit. If I drop everything I can do it in a week.

Smiles and relief all around. And on leaving Bryce said, “Everyone in Bungendore is so friendly.”

There has been a comments book at the front counter of the Gallery since the Gallery opened in 1983. Visitors from all over the world have jotted down their impressions, thoughts and comments, sometimes legible and somtimes not, and not always in English in our comments book. These comments fill numerous volumes and it seems a shame to keep them all to ourselves.

Double Vision brings together the inspiring works of two very different artists – yet is also a celebration of powerfully shared themes. For both artists, the exploration of pattern and structure in the natural environment is a key element.

Exhibiiton opens Saturday 8 December 2012 and continues until 24 January 2013. 

Canberra freelance arts advocate and writer Meredith Hinchliffe reviews Anton Gerner at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

Viewers can see several influences in Anton Gerner’s work. He has been working for the past ten years or so, using traditional hand tools, construction techniques and finishes. He keeps solid quality timber – until just the right piece is conceived.

6 October – 3 December 2012

David Voigt’s artistic spectrum for this exhibition begins with delicately toned pencil drawings, and continues through striking watercolours, ethereal landscapes and highly complex geometric visions of elements of the landscape and light. 

6 October – 3 December 2012

An exhibition of fine handcrafted furniture by Anton Gerner. Anton Gerner is an award-winning furniture designer and maker. He and his small team of skilled craftspeople create one-off pieces of furniture.

There have been some recent furniture additions to the Gallery. We love the new pieces so much that we couldn't wait to update the furniture catalogue and share them with you.

We have just completed a custom order just for Canberra Grammar for their 2012 year 12 students. Graduating year 12 students will be presented with a burl paper weight and medallion. The richness and warmth of the timber burl both compliments and contrasts with the metal medallion to create a memento four the students that is well worth keeping.

Beautiful Buffet by Designer/Maker Geoff Poole is made from Jarrah, Flaming She Oak (Hairy Oak), Southern Silky Oak and Silver Ash. There are 12 wine bottle shelves, a cutlery draw, space for crockery and inside the centre cabinets there are New Guinea Rosewood wine glass racks for 12 glasses. 

Maynard Waters is an exceptional artist capturing the essence of an Australia that he chooses to view with an intentional selective blindness. In doing so he presents a nostalgic and romantic viewpoint of the country and city through the workingman’s eyes.

Exhibition continues until September 30, 2012

This collection of knives by Steve Stafford are a recent addition to the gallery. The blades are imported from Japan and Australian figured timbers are crafted to create the handles. The interesting blades and figured timbers are balanced and compliment the other perfectly.

The Knives are priced from $110 to $375.

We are happy to announce that for orders made now until December 24th 2012 any purchases from our online store will be shipped for free!* 

A wide selection of Australian hand crafted timber functional and decorative gifts can be purchased online from our online store. Prices start as low as $15 and there is free gift wrapping available.

Prime Possum and his buddy Doofa Dog, together with a Prime 7 television production team, paid a visit to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery recently to talk to Gallery artistic director David Mac Laren about the Gallery and how young people could get a start in woodworking. The segment will be an upcoming Prime Possum on-air presentation.

We will be open on Friday nights until 8pm from November 30th to December 21st.

Visit the Gallery after hours in a relaxed environment on Friday evenings. You may well find the perfect Australian gift in wood for that very special someone. And while you are here maybe complete the evening with dinner at the Cafe Wood Works.

Playful Jarrah & She Oak Bilby by artist, designer and maker Tim Leaversuch.

Striking and exceptionally well made occasional table by Adrian Potter.

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