Cuff link box commission

Monday 13 July 2015

Bill Burgher has crafted a very special cuff link box commission. Made from Western Australian Jarrah with three draws and a trunk lid it can store 180 pairs of cufflinks.

360w x 200w x 180h mm

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Chris Mitchell visit

Saturday 11 July 2015

The very talented Chris Mitchell came to visit this week. He gave the Gallery staff a lesson on wood pyrography, showing us how to get the burn temp right among other tips. His mastery at wood pyrography is amazing – during a recent project he inscribed over 200 business card holders in 1.5 hours!

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Tuesday 07 July 2015

Great quote from Alan Behm’s political memoir “No Minister” (Alan is a good friend to the Gallery who has a number of pieces collected over the years)

“My colleague Jim Cummane, with whom I co-authored an academic study into what ministers expected of policy services, is wont to say that the greatest comparative advantage in the world of business is meaning. A business that understands exactly what its value proposition is, what it does and what the client wants, and can determine quality standards in terms of their relevance (rather than absolutes) will prosper.

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Fletcher chair by Adam Cruickshank

Monday 06 July 2015

WA designer maker Adam Cruickshank’s Fletcher chairs are the product of great design, innovative production and fine craftsmanship. They have been making  a strong statement on the Gallery floor.

The chairs are also great match with David Mac Laren’s American Walnut Dining table.

American Walnut and leather, POA.

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X-Frame Dining Table Revisited

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Good clients rang to say that their table I made some time ago was looking a bit “milky” even though they had diligently applied oil to the surface on a regular basis.

When I arrived to have a look I found the table to be in very good condition; it was 2400 mm long and 1000 mm wide, and I was very pleased that the top remained perfectly flat in length and width. However, the top was indeed a bit hazy.

We reminisced about how long ago it was made. We estimated that it was twenty years ago when Evan Dunstone (my apprentice then) and I delivered it. (This was before my workshop burnt down and Evan set up his own business, and I “retired” or should I say, “retreated” to the gallery.)

I decided to refinish the table (at no charge) because I felt an obligation to the table, and I had an idea I wanted to revisit and refine that style, which we called the triangular leg x-frame table.

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Breakfast Table

Friday 26 June 2015

These tables were made initially as a result of a client commissioning a breakfast table on castors based on the design of one of our display tables. We decided to make two smaller versions thinking this would allow more flexibility and serve as a display for kitchen stools in the gallery.

One table is made in ebonized Jarrah, with facets planed back to reveal the red of the Jarrah. The other table is made from European Beach. Both tables have options for a shelf that can be placed just under the top to allow for stools, or lower down for utility storage.

The swivel castors are pretty jazzy, each has a brake, and we sourced them from Doug Mackett & Company, Tolerance, California, USA.  Of course if a client prefers different castors, or no castors that is easily arranged

$2,450 each

1200w x 460d x 900h mm 
Shelf height 200mm or 810mm 

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Mapping Memories – Tracking Visions – Reclaiming Culture

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Mapping Memories – Tracking Visions – Reclaiming Culture

An Exhibition of Recent Works by North Queensland Indigenous Printmakers A Naidoc Week 2015 Event

Glen Mackie Mapping Memories vinylcut relief prints Daniel O'Shane Tracking Visions vinyl relief prints Paul Bong Reclaiming Culture Handcoloured etchings

Opening Saturday, 4 July 2015 at 2pm Gallery talk by Master Printmaker Theo Tremblay, Editions Tremblay - No Fixed Press, Cairns with Guest Artist Zenadh Kes printmaker Daniel O'Shane.

Exhibition continues until September 7, 2015

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Peter Young and Review: How to Create Marquetry Pictures with Wood Veneers

Sunday 14 June 2015

Great video put together by Australian Wood Review of Peter Young working on marquetry. Very impressive to see how the skill, time and work it takes Peter to create marquetry in his works.

Take a look at Peter's Sping Flowers II cabinet to see his marquetry work in context.

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Maynard Waters – a working painter

Thursday 04 June 2015

The Paper Boy  2015 – 40x36cm Mixed media on board  $2,600

13 June – 1 July, 2015

You are invited to the Exhibition Opening And Launch of the new Book Maynard Waters – A working painter surveying over 55 years of the extraordinary artistic journey of one of Australia’s foremost naïve artists.

Opening and Launch by David Mac Laren
Artistic Director Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Saturday 13th June, 2015 2pm in the Octagon ArtSpace

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New Alan Williams Compartment Boxes

Monday 01 June 2015

Nine Alan Williams compartment boxes arrived today! Unfortunately Alan has been quite sick, so we haven’t had many of his boxes in the Gallery recently. Thankfully he is on the mend now. These very special compartment boxes are currently in the oiling room getting some “special treatment” but will be out on display soon.

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Bill Peady visit

Thursday 28 May 2015

We had a lovely surprise visit today from Bill Peady who used to make the Secret Opening Box. Bill turns 91 years old this November! And he is still woodworking in the Masonic Village he lives in near Newcastle.

Bill enjoyed a lunch with his family in the Cafe and later had his photo taken with David and Lesley.

We still have customers coming to the counter asking "where is that box is that can’t be opened”. We know the secret – but we won't tell.

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Helmut Lueckenhausen - Memory Palace

Tuesday 05 May 2015

My son and I travelled from Melbourne to Warrnambool last week to see Helmut Lueckenhausen’s exhibition at the The Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). 

And what an exhibition! Helmut Lueckenhausen has created a significant body of work. And the WAG needs to be acknowledged for putting on such a large exhibition with all the details and grunt work that entails. 

It was great to see how Helmut’s works has evolved, and it was pleasing to travel back to the 70's and 80's era wood making, and I enjoyed the gutsy changes in direction his work has taken over the years. 

If at all possible, do visit this exhibition. But if time and distance makes this impossible at least watch this video and take a look at the exhibition page on the WAG website.

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Road works - business as usual

Thursday 30 April 2015

Significant road works started this week at the intersection in front of the Gallery. As you can see our lovely building is hidden behind high visibility tape and machinery!

Hopefully the works will be completed soon, but in the meantime business continues as normal for both the Gallery and Cafe, we are open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

Here is some information on the roadworks from Transport Road & Maritime Services

New pedestrian refuges in Bungendore

Transport Road & Maritime Services
April 2015

Safety improvement on Malbon Street and Ellendon Street, Bungendore from 27 April 2015

The NSW Government is funding $255,000 for this work to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists.

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New Document Box by Drew Badcock

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Huon Pine Document Box by Drew Badcock, $510.

310w x 225d x 50h mm

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New Document Box by Thirston Morris

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Document Box with tray by Thirston Morris. $895

Rock Maple, Black Walnut, Birdseye Maple and Wenge.

400w x 290d x 120h mm

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Socks from Bungendore – The Letters of Tom Rutledge from the First World War

Wednesday 22 April 2015

As the Rutledge family, and their property ‘‘Gidleigh’’, have featured so prominently in Bungendore’s rich history it is very exciting to share this book:

Socks from Bungendore – The Letters of Tom Rutledge from the First World War. Edited by Martha Rutledge and William Rutledge

'This collection of letters from the front, written by an Australian officer in the First World War, is not only an excellent read in itself but it also offers a very interesting picture of what our soldiers experienced in their individual lives while serving abroad.

Lt Col Thomas Rutledge wrote well and regularly to his mother nearly every week or fortnight while he was away, 1914-18. He gave detailed reports on how he was faring, and equally we learn how his family members were dealing with their challenges at home. He told of the pressures of food shortage in Europe, the contributions made by the Americans, and the effect of declining morale on the German side. 

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