Christmas Newsletter 2014

Monday 05 January 2015

Christmas greetings to you and your family and our best wishes for the New Year from all of us here at the Gallery.

2014 was a big year that ended on a high! We won a tourism award, two of our makers won prestigious awards and the Cafe concerts/dinners were a big hit.

Read more about these stories and more in out 2014 Christmas Newsletter.

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Proud ACT Tourism Award Winners

Monday 22 December 2014

It was our intention to celebrate our thirty years, and to have a party, so why not enter a submission to the ACT Tourism Awards. We were very pleased with our submission, feeling it told our story well, and that it was a good story to tell.

We were very pleased to receive the Visitor Experience Award along with Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Four Winds Vineyard. We are in good company and this award is much appreciated because it is based on actual ratings from visitors who rate their experience and was sponsored by ACT Tourism.

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Matthew Harding Wins McClelland Award

Monday 22 December 2014

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery proudly congratulates sculptor Matthew on winning the McClelland Award, major prize of the McClelland Sculpture Survey 2014 held and permanently located on the Mornington Peninsula just south of the Melbourne CBD.

Of his winning work Void, Matthew says “Continuing my exploration into the lineal realm of structure, Void seeks to circumscribe the peripheries of our limited perception, informed by our anthropometric scale in relation to that which is big, the universe; and that which is small, an atom. Since the beginning of human history we have been humbled by the night sky and our scale within the grandeur of the natural world. The precursor to understanding and knowledge is the power of our imagination."

Australian wood artist and sculptor Mathew Harding, previously a resident of Canberra and now working from his studios in Melbourne, would be well know to many ACT, Canberra and Bungendore residents with his impressive array of public sculptures that adorn some of Canberra’s public places such as the chrome steel Pillow in Garema Place and others in the Canberra Theatre precinct.

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Per Brandstedt

Monday 22 December 2014

I am very proud too of the success of Swedish woodworker and friend, Per Brandstedt. Per had a successful exhibition at the Wood Works in 2003, made possible by a grant from the Swedish Government to cover shipping expenses. Those were the days. 

Per has been making his way in wood working for more than thirty years, living in a medium sized town, taking on commission work, raising a family, doing exhibition work – a remarkable career really in a very difficult arena.

And recently Per has had an Exhibition that sort of stiches together his career called “Light, Darkness and Memories” that summarizes his years in his chosen profession:

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Dirk Lejeune

Monday 22 December 2014

An exhibition of decorative woodwork

10 January - 16 February, 2015

The Gallery will stage an exhibition from January 17 of the work of Belgian born woodworker/artist Dirk Lejeune. Dirks works (dirkswirks) are a fascinating exploration of shape, and a play on repetition using multiple segments of natural materials, particularly wood in a multitude of forms. Here’s what Dirk has to say about his work and his raison d'être.

“During a run in the bush early in 2008, I came a across a gum that had shed bark draped along its trunk. Ever since arriving in Australia from Belgium in 1996, I was mesmerised by this arboreal habit. Somehow I got the idea of cutting the bark into small pieces and then glue them onto board. See what happens.

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Historical Bridge Log Benches

Monday 22 December 2014

An exciting and rewarding project initiated by Gallery Artistic Director, David Mac Laren, was the design and build of Bungendore village bridge timber benches. Partnering with Fresh Landscape Design logs from a recently demolished historic local bridge were salvaged to make 18 benches placed around the village.

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Recent Sales

Monday 22 December 2014

We were sad to see the departure from the Gallery of the John Comacchio Blackwood Cabinet that has adorned the very end of the Main Gallery display room for a number of years. The cabinet is irreplaceable, however it has gone to a new home together with Tony Kenway’s magnificent Blackwood ‘Fema’ Dining suite that formed part of the Studio Woodworkers Association Exhibition “Home with Wood’ which is still partly on display in the Gallery until mid January. Tony’s work is absolutely world class and has won many awards at the prestigious Philadelphia Furniture Shows in the United States where he collected Best Chair in Show some years ago judged by US chair guru, the late Sam Maloof. High praise indeed.

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The Hannah Cabinet 2014

Monday 22 December 2014

The Hannah Cabinet arrived at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery in May 2013 and the original plan was to have it on temporary display until the end of November. The reaction to the cabinet was simply phenomenal!

It soon became apparent that this significant piece of Australian woodwork needed a long term home where it would stay in the country, be preserved and be seen. Both Geoff Hannah and the Gallery thought that Bungendore Wood Works Gallery was the best temporary home for the Cabinet.

The Gallery has prepared, and has available, a prospectus for persons or institutions interested in possibly funding the purchase and placement of the Hannah Cabinet. For further information please contact the Gallery’s Exhibition Coordinator Stan d'Argeavel on 6238 1682 or by email at

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Café Wood Works Dinner/Concerts

Monday 22 December 2014

Our café has been undergoing a revitalisation of its popular concert and dining evenings through the second half of the year. It started it up in August with a good crowd attending to see ex-patriate Hoskinstown girl Hannah James on stage and celebrating a new CD release Triliphony.

The Hannah James Trio featured Hannah on bass, Ed Rodrigues on drums and Casey Golden on the piano. By the way Casey is the grandson of Australian jazz legend Bob Barnard. The very well attended concert was a fitting display of just how this young lady and her double bass have progressed in the world of Jazz after winning the Jan Rutherford Award for young female jazz artists in 2011. She is now resident in Sydney pursuing her dreams.

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Bill Burgher Playing Card Boxes

Tuesday 09 December 2014

We have two new Playing Card Boxes by master box maker Bill Burgher. Crafted out of NZ Beech, with space for 2 packs of cards and with a simple inlay strip these boxes would make the perfect christmas gift for the passionate card player.

$250 each (cards not included)
160w x 110d mm

Purchase online now

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New Mark Hailston Jewellery Boxes

Monday 01 December 2014

Silky Oak & Banksia

She Oak & Silky Oak – $780
Silky Oak & Banksia – $780
Wenge & Tassie Oak – $880

23w x 13d x 10h cm

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Canberra-Trained Guitarist Wins National Fine Music Network Young Performer of the Year

Saturday 29 November 2014

Congratulations to Canberra-trained classical guitarist, Stephanie Jones, winner of the highly esteemed 2014 National Fine Music Network Young Virtuoso Award. Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and Cafe Wood Works have been proud sponsors of the Award through our concert series over the last 5 months.

The award was also sponsored by Canberra’s Music and Arts Radio Station, ArtSound FM92.7 and participating Fine Music Network stations in association with Friends of the ANU School of Music. The award was announced in Adelaide on 22 November at the national finals organized by fine music station 5MBS-FM. Stephanie receives a $5000 cash prize sponsored by participating Fine Music Network stations. This follows Stephanie’s success in being selected for the 2014 ArtSound FM Fine Music Network Young Virtuoso Award (ACT) in November, through which she received a $500 prize, thanks to an anonymous donor. 

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Doug Collins Carved Creatures

Friday 21 November 2014

The very talented Doug Collins has been whittling away creating charming miniature owls and mice.

The Mice are made from Jelutong and come in two designs, one to sit on your desk and the other to hang from a screen or ledge. The Owls are made from Huon Pine. 

$46 per mouse or owl.

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Carved Spoons

Wednesday 05 November 2014

We are very excited to announce that after a break in production due to injury, and just in time for Christmas, Michael Koren’s beautiful carved spoons are back in the Gallery!

Made from Queensland timbers and priced from $15 – $35 they make a great gift for someone special or even for your good self.

Typical timbers include: Tulip Oak, Silky Oak, Silver Ash, Satin Sycamore, QLD Maple, Maple Silkwood and Pinky Silky Oak.

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Playing Card Boxes

Tuesday 28 October 2014

A new addition to the Gallery, Garrick Blue’s Playing Card Boxes are the perfect gift for the passionate card player. The boxes are available in Jarrah or Jarrah and Tiger Myrtle for $182 – playing cards included.

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Japanese Lathe Artist Satoshi Fujinuma

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Untitled, 2013, 45 x 150 x 45mm Cherry Birch $2640 (XFUJ01)

Japanese Lathe Artist Satoshi Fujinuma was visiting the ANU School of Art in August and while he was in the region he stopped by to say say hi and show us his amazing work. We are privileged and very happy to have four pieces of his work on display and for sale.

Satoshi Fujinuma is a Japanese base wood artist. He has had a life long interest in the natural world, initially graduating from a environmental chemistry degree. It was by chance, in 1993, that Fujinuma saw woodturing while traveling in New Zealand. From 1996 he begun his self education and exploration into wood as a artistic medium. From there he began to create object in wood to express nature.

“Satoshi Fujinuma is a natural surrealist, combining a fascination with creatures of the world with abstraction, while finding beauty in what most would find repulsive.” – Kevin V. Wallace

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