News

Timber combines knockout looks with ethical kudos

Monday 11 July 2011

In the weekend Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum there was an interesting article about the ethics and aesthetics of wood that we thought was particularly relevant given all the recent debate about carbon pricing.

"Timber combines knockout looks with ethical kudos, writes HELEN GREENWOOD.

Trees are nature's carbon storage. So says Peter Maddison, the architect and host of LifeStyle Channel's Grand Designs Australia, in a recent television ad. By using wooden products made of sustainable timber, we help tackle climate change.

The logic goes like this: growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. The carbon remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber until it rots, decays or is burnt. By planting trees and using wood rather than other materials, we invest in a long-term way to sink and store carbon for Australia.

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Governor-General gives a gift from the Gallery to the Pope

Wednesday 08 June 2011

When The Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited the Vatican and met Pope Benedict she gave him a Indigenous painting and a Peter Gorring Document Boxfrom the Gallery. We are really proud that a gift from our Gallery was chosen to represent Australia on the international stage.

"In return for a gold medallion bearing his image, the Pope received an Indigenous painting and a document box from Bungendore, on the ACT border."

ABC News. Jean Di Marino. Posted Thu Jun 2, 2011. 

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Keeping the record straight

Monday 30 May 2011

As part of the Gallery’s upcoming 30th Anniversary Celebrations in 2013, I am about to begin documenting my past furniture pieces and other woodwork. The intention here is threefold: firstly we wish to establish an asset register of all the past and current work produced by me for the Gallery; secondly, we have recently undertaken a role of encouraging ourselves and our contributing makers and artists to adopt a regime of full and comprehensive provenance procedures to comply with a “best practice” situation regarding specific works; and thirdly, as part of the 30th year celebrations I will be publishing a book of my work in conjunction with a general history of the Gallery’s activities, buildings and significant events and exhibitions since its inception in 1983.

Over the next year or two, but beginning as soon as practicable and with the permission of furniture owners, I would like to identify, source and document as many of my past significant pieces as possible.

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Facebook page

Friday 27 May 2011

We have just launched our new Facebook page. Follow Bungendore Wood Works Gallery on Facebook to keep in touch with the latest news, products and events.

 
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Behind the scenes

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Stan d’Argeavel, Exhibitions Coordinator at the Bungendore Wood Works, visited Tony Kenyway's workshop up north on a recent trip and took a few photos of Tony at work.

Tony's stunning ‘Cunji’ Dining Suite is on display and for sale at the gallery.

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Corporate Gifts Catalogue Photos

Friday 20 May 2011

We were taking photos today for a new corporate gifts catalogue and we thought the gifts looked great, and that you might like them too. Stay tuned for our new corporate gifts catalogue due early next week.

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Canberra Times Restaurant Review: Lark Hill

Thursday 19 May 2011

An entertaining review of local Lark Hill Winery restaurant by Jenna Hand in the Canberra Times last weekend. The gallery even get's a nice mention book ending the review.

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Tanya Stubbles shortlisted for Salon des Refusés

Monday 18 April 2011

Tanya Stubbles has had her artwork Lovers in the Grass selected for the Salon des Refusés, the Alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize Selection, exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery. Her Constructionist artwork in mixed media was selected from over 750 entries, it is a great achievement and honour to be shortlisted.

The selection panel for the Salon des Refusés goes behind the scenes of the judging process for the Archibald and Wynne prizes at AGNSW, to choose an alternative exhibition from the many works not selected as finalists. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

Tanya Stubbles has several artworks at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and has participated in exhibitions.

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David Pereira back at the Wood Works

Tuesday 15 March 2011

David Pereira is one of Australia's most accomplished cellists. Widely experienced, he continues to evolve as a player, teacher and composer. His playing aims for perfect listening and emotional responsiveness, uncompromised by thought or technical limitation.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is proud to be host for the David Pereira 2011 Cello-focused Duo Chamber Concerts featuring David Pereira on Cello with three featured accompanists Alice Giles on Harp, Adrian Walter on Classical Guitar and Geoffrey Lancaster on Fortepiano.

The concerts in March, July and November build on the success of the initial solo cello concert by David Pereira in the Gallery’s Octagon ArtSpace in late 2010 before a sold-out audience. The concert series offers friendliness and intimacy in an acoustically perfect venue, presenting music of a rigorous high quality aimed especially at passionate and dedicated listeners.

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David Pereira's 2011 Cello-focused Duo Chamber Concerts

Monday 14 March 2011

David Pereira is one of Australia's most accomplished cellists. Widely experienced, he continues to evolve as a player, teacher and composer. His playing aims for perfect listening and emotional responsiveness, uncompromised by thought or technical limitation.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is proud to be host for the David Pereira 2011 Cello-focused Duo Chamber Concerts featuring David Pereira on Cello with three featured accompanists Alice Giles on Harp, Adrian Walter on Classical Guitar and Geoffrey Lancaster on Fortepiano.

The concerts in March, July and November build on the success of the initial solo cello concert by David Pereira in the Gallery’s Octagon ArtSpace in late 2010 before a sold-out audience. The concert series offers friendliness and intimacy in an acoustically perfect venue, presenting music of a rigorous high quality aimed especially at passionate and dedicated listeners.

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”Still” by David Mac Laren

Wednesday 09 March 2011

“Still”, is two hall tables, two display tables or a dining table. This multi-functional new piece of furniture by David Mac Laren, Artistic Director of the gallery, is on display at the gallery now.

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A Quote from one of our Valued Makers

Thursday 10 February 2011

I really do appreciate your professional kindness. I could tell you many bizarre stories of my attempts at commercial interactions up here that have turned sour. Rip-offs, thefts, loss and mistreatment of works, colossal mark-ups . . . the humble craftsman as a crumby eccentric.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery has been unfailingly attentive and powerfully respectful, praisefully encouraging and good humoured. All of the Buddha's seven virtues. Blessings to you all. I have sent a snap of a five foot tall vase made of wattle for you

Yours faithfully,
Michael Koren 

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Prestigious Jazz Award to Hannah James

Friday 04 February 2011

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is thrilled that the latest recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is bassist Hannah James.

Hannah, daughter of Gallery staff member Leslie James, has recently relocated to Sydney after graduating from the ANU School of Music in Canberra where she was fortunate enough to receive the ANU Undergraduate Scholarship and study under the tutor-ledge of renowned bassist Eric Ajaye (Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, Bill Cosby, Barry White, Benny Maupin and many others)

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What our makers get up too...

Thursday 25 November 2010

One of the Gallery’s contributing box makers Raymond McLaren recently returned a book he originally borrowed from the Newcastle City Library in 1957 - and faced a huge overdue fine. That made it about 19,350 days overdue and, according to Newcastle City Council, Ray has amassed almost $5000 in late return fees.

But Ray said he was happy to honour his debt. It is only fitting, given that as a then 19-year-old he used what he learnt from the book to establish a cable and rigging company that has since grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

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A Special Thanks

Friday 10 September 2010

This week we would like to highlight a VIP client who recently purchased a number of Masayuki Ogura , fine laquerware pieces at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Masayuki, together with his family and a number of frends, came from Japan to take part in our Mingei Exhibition in June/July 2009.


The couple from South Australia had originally heard of us through a customer that dined at their vineyard... heard it through the grapevine, you might say. Their first trip out to the Gallery last year involved hiring a taxi for the morning and spending the day browsing the shops in Bungendore Village. Keeping us in mind for a number of special gifts, the couple recently visited us again. 

Thank you to all our loyal customers that continue to enjoy our fine crafted items and visual arts.

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David Pereira Opens Two New Exhibitions

Tuesday 07 September 2010

David Pereira is an accomplished Australian cello performer, teacher, writer, recording artist and prominent musician on both the national and international scene. Widely experienced, he continues to evolve as a player, teacher, composer and writer. His playing aims for perfect listening and emotional responsiveness, uncompromised by thought or technical limitation. He is currently director of Australia’s only cello focused subscription series of recitals.

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