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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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
1200w x 460d x 900h mm
Shelf height 200mm or 810mm
Tuesday 23 June 2015
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, 2015Read more
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.Read more
Thursday 04 June 2015
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 ArtSpaceRead more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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
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.Read more
Wednesday 22 April 2015
Huon Pine Document Box by Drew Badcock, $510.
310w x 225d x 50h mmRead more
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 mmRead more
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.Read more
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Dellington Henry Bare is a craftsman from Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands. He was taught to carve by his uncles and now carries on the tradition of carving that was carried out by generations of his ancestors in Marovo Lagoon in both wood and stone.
Dellington was raised by his grandparents and grew up with a strong connection to his kastom and culture, as well as respect for its craftsmanship. This knowledge and cultural pride are exhibited in his works, which draw on traditional designs and ancestral kastoms. These elements exist alongside modern interpretations of kastom stories as well as his love of the ocean, which is an integration part of him as an islander and as a diver.Read more
Wednesday 25 March 2015
This spectacular ceremonial mace and stand by Chris Mitchell was a recent commissioned by the Alliance College of Australia. Made from Tasmanian Blackwood and Huon Pine this is a special piece that will be admired by students and faculty both now and in the future.
For extra credit look at Chris’s process shots as they provide insight into the making process and they show the skill and craft that goes into creating pieces like this.Read more