Thursday 02 August 2012
Interesting article by Paul Downs comparing a Dubai woodwork factory with low cost skilled labour to his own custom woodwork shop in the US.
Increasingly the craftspeople of Australia will be facing competition from overseas. Only by sticking together and creating quality, well designed and unique works will craft and woodwork remain a viable way of life.Read more
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Staff at the Bungendore Village Leather recently found a stack of old Gallery Brochures (most likely pre 1990) in a storage shelf. The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery moved from what is now the Bungendore Village Leather store in 1994.
The brochure reads:
"Where Woodworks display their Works. Where diversity is encouraged & fine Craftmanship is essential"
It is reassuring that after 29 years we are still doing exactly what we set out to do.Read more
Wednesday 25 July 2012
We couldn't be more excited to have our new website live. It's been in the works for a while and we think you are going to like it. The new design is functional, clean and sophisticated displaying the amazing work of the makers, designers and artists we represent online in the best way.
For those of you are unable to visit the Gallery we know offer online purchases for select gifts on our website. Visit and browse our catalogue to find the perfect gift and if you see something you like, simply add it to your cart, pay using PayPal and we it will ship it to you promptly.Read more
Monday 23 July 2012
August 11 – September 30, 2012
Opening and meet the artist Saturday 11th August from 2pm
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.
His characters are dressed in the dark blue singlet of the chesty-bond-man whose chest has slipped more than a few inches. His women wear simple one-piece dresses often adorned with the ubiquitous apron. The kids wear shorts and T-shirts and are almost always barefooted. And then there’s the omnipresent dog, man’s best friend.Read more
Wednesday 18 July 2012
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.Read more
Wednesday 11 July 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.
The following knives are available for online purchase. Click for more information.Read more
Tuesday 10 July 2012
View select works from the exhibition below. Click on thumbnail for work details.
Read more about the Directors Choice Encore Exhibition.Read more
Friday 15 June 2012
Concert 2: Friday 26th October 8pm in the Octagon ArtSpace
David Pereira with Geoffrey Lancaster
The Bach Family: David Pereira Cello with Geoffrey Lancaster Harpsichord
Playing Duets from Members of the Bach Family – Geoffrey Lancaster (harpsichord), David Pereira (cello), Virginia Taylor (flute), Tobias Chisnall (violin), Estelita Rae (violin), Rosy Davidson (viola), Julia Janiszewski (cello).
CPE Bach - Sonata in C foir cello and continuo
Francis Francoeur le Cadet - Trio Sonata in E major for violin, cello and continuo
JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Bookings are on a reserved seating basis and strictly limited to 80.
Tickets are $49 at the Gallery, on 6238 1682 or buy them online
Friday 08 June 2012
This Ebony Sand Timer just arrived and it looks spectacular. It was a special order for a customer.Read more
Friday 11 May 2012
We were deeply saddened to hear of John Beasley's untimely passing in January this year. The gallery has had a rich relationship spanning over 20 years with John, he has been a constant presence with his work constantly displayed. He was also involved in numerous exhibitions both solo and group.
John's work was always distinctive. He created abstract forms that required incredible skill and ingenuity to shape and sand. These forms appeared elegantly simple but were in actuality very complex. His approach to form and shape was influenced by the Japanese concepts of Wabi (simple quietude) and Sabi (elegant simplicity).
John was not just an award winning sculptor, he was a writer of books and about plants, inventor of tools, active community member, teacher and a delightful friend that will be missed by many.Read more
Friday 03 February 2012
Recognised as one of the most dynamic and exciting guitar ensembles, the Australian Guitar Duo has performed throughout the world, including appearances at the New York Guitar Duo Festival in New York City, Project Canción Española in Spain, Festival de Musique Classique in France, and the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival in Illinois, in addition to numerous cities throughout Australia.
Performing a mixture of contemporary Australian compositions and standard works from the guitar duo repertoire, the Australian Guitar Duo consists of respected soloists Rupert Boyd and Jacob Cordover. They met and formed a duo in the year 2000 while studying under renowned Australian guitarist Timothy Kain at the Australian National University School of Music.
The Australian Guitar Duo has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Australia and the United States, and was a prizewinner of the chamber music division of the Australian Guitar Competition.Read more
Friday 03 February 2012
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery invites you to celebrate the exhibition opening
By Richard Morecroft
Blake Art Prize Finalist Photographer, Host of SBS Television’s Letters and Numbers, and former ABC TV News Presenter.
2pm Saturday 4 February, 2012
Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Exhibition continues until 26 March, 2012
RSVP to attend the opening or just come along on the day
Wednesday 11 January 2012
A Point of View - an address by Stan d’Argeavel at the opening of Richard Morecroft’s 2010 photographic exhibition at the Shoalhaven Regional Arts Gallery.
Richard has been dealing with points of view for many years in the ABC for most of his working life but they have mostly been the points of view of politicians, journalists, spin doctors, police, self interest groups and so on.
Now he deals with his own point of view – through his continued media work and through his television documentaries and most importantly as we see here today through his unique representation of the equally unique Australian Landscape through his still photography and now through sculpture as well.Read more
Thursday 01 December 2011
This year, 2011, marks Craft Australia’s 40th year. It is a year for acknowledging and celebrating the outstanding achievements of an exceptional generation of studio craft practitioners many with high profile international reputations.
And this is also the year that the Visual Arts Board informed Craft Australia that it will be defunded. This is the last year Craft Australia will act as an advocate for the Australian craft sector.
In recent years the crafts have been elevated in popular and academic writing. The Craftsmen, by Richard Sennet is erudite and compelling in arguing that “the craftsman’s realm
is far broader than skilled manual labour; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent and citizen need to learn the values of good craftsmanship today.”
When these values are widely embraced in society they can form the national character, and can impact on productivity, prosperity and civil society.Read more
Thursday 10 November 2011
I find it amazing that this is David Mac Laren’s first solo exhibition after 40 years of practice. Amazing because his name is synonymous with high quality furniture and excellence in design in woodworking in Australia and has been since 1983.
This exhibition has two main parts: the first is the work on display in the upstairs Octagonal Gallery of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and the second is the accompanying catalogue in which he is quoted at length from discussions with Stan d’Argeavel. In these transcripts he speaks about his philosophy and his approach to his materials and how they impact on his designs.
There is surprisingly little work on display in the exhibition considering that the artist's career spans nearly forty years. However, the reasons are that many of his pieces over the years have been private commissions, and also that this is not a retrospective exhibition but an exhibition of the maker’s more recent works and design ideas.Read more
Wednesday 09 November 2011
Address by Dr. Rodney Hayward, Former Head, Furniture Workshop, School of Art ANU, on Saturday 15 October 2011 at the opening of Design Innovation Play.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”
A story of a life is filled with the nuance of history and the ambiguity of decision.......in telling the story we can only connect the dots.
For where we are standing today, in this Gallery and this body-of-work, David’s story begins in 1977 with his coming to Australia from the USA and settling in the environs of Bungendore. Australia and the region were not unknown to him as he had previously completed an Arts degree at ANU in 1965.Read more