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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New Work by Dellington Henry Bare

Tuesday 14 April 2015

<a href="">Clam Bowl - Kerosene Wood, Nautilus Shell & wooden inlay - 28cm x 21 x 4.5cm h - $600</a>

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.

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Ceremonial Mace

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.

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Wenge Jewellery Box Commission

Wednesday 18 March 2015

During a recent visit to the Gallery, a client fell in love with one of Mark Hailstons’ exquisitely detailed jewellery boxes, although she felt that its dimensions didn’t quite meet her requirements. So after discussions regarding her preferences, we were able to commission Mark to make this bespoke work to precisely accommodate her needs.

Made from Wenge, Tasmanian Oak and lined in black suede, this truly stunning jewellery box features wooden hinges and latch, and includes a lift out tray and dividers within.

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Sculpture Base Commission

Wednesday 18 March 2015

The Gallery was recently approached with an unusual request.

This stunning piece of glass art was purchased as a farewell gift but required a base of sorts for stability, as well as a place to write a special ‘message’ from well-wishing colleges and to ‘finish’ its overall presence.

After consultation with Artistic Director, David Mac Laren, it was decided that Jarrah turned to a dome with the sculpture recessed slightly, would be just the thing to set it off.

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Glass Display Cabinet Commission

Wednesday 18 March 2015

The Gallery recently had the pleasure of producing this beautiful Glass Display Cabinet on behalf of some very special clients.

Made from Blackwood and American White Oak and featuring ‘hidden’ hinges and magnetic ‘locking’, this wonderful piece was commissioned by a loving wife for her husband in celebration of a distinguished 30 year military careers’ worth of commemorative coins.

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Breakfast Table

Wednesday 18 March 2015

We were asked by clients to make a “breakfast table” based on one of our display tables in the gallery.

They requested the depth be 460mm and 2100mm long, and no bottom shelf so that they could place their stools underneath. And they wished to have the table on casters so that the table could be rolled away when needed for another purpose.

The result was so charming that we decided to make two more, soon to arrive on the floor.

Design: David Mac Laren 
Maker: Mitchell Rice

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Ken Knight - From the Artist’s Studio

Monday 16 March 2015

Jindabyne Rocks, oil on board, 25x31cm $3,000 (SOLD)

From the Artist’s Studio
An Exhibition of Paintings by Ken Knight
28 March – 3 June, 2015

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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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