New wood turned pieces

Tuesday 25 August 2015

We have been having fun in the workshop creating some stunning new wood turned pieces out of Burl and Yellow Box. The giant pear is proving popular, it is 30cm high!.

Apple $225, Coolibah Burl 20cm high
Pear $225, Red Gum Burl 29cm high
Mantle Clock $480, Yellow Box 23w x 9d x 25h cm
‘Circles’ Mantle Clock $600, Yellow Box 27w x 8d x 42h cm

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Ceramic Tulip Grinders

Sunday 23 August 2015

These beautiful grinders by Darryl Freestone are new to the Gallery and are already very popular. They are made from Tasmanian timbers and feature a ceramic grinding mechanism with a a 25 year guarantee. Suitable for Salt, Pepper or Spices. 

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Vale Peter Rushforth

Sunday 26 July 2015

All here at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery were saddened to hear of the passing of outstanding potter Peter Rushforth. No gentler soul trod the earth, and Peter’s contribution to Australian pottery is unsurpassed.

Our sincere sympathy goes to his wife Bobbie, their daughters and families.

On behalf of all here that knew and admired him.

David Mac Laren Artistic Director

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Chess Set

Monday 20 July 2015

David Mac Laren (design) and Jim Homann (wood turning) have just completed a very special set of chess pieces. The white pieces are made from Lignum Vitae, a gift to David from master clock maker Will Mattheysen, and the black pieces are made from African Ebony. The marquetry chess board featuring a Heraldic Lion is made by Michael Retter.

The Lignum Vitae and Ebony Chess set $2,000. (Same design in Ebonised Coolibah Burl & Coolibah Burl $1,200)
Michael Retter Chess Board #135 Heraldic Lion, Silver Ash $1,155

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Roadworks almost done

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Yay progress! The roadworks out front of the Gallery are almost finished.

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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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