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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30 Red Ironbark pens

Tuesday 21 October 2014

A government department recently ordered 30 beautiful Red Ironbark David Lim pens for corporate gifts for 30 very lucky people.

They look great all in a row.

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Let us take a moment to remember the fallen

Friday 17 October 2014

For over a decade two distinctive sculptures carved with chainsaws by Remo Vallance have stood on the Gallery lawn. 

Sadly, one has fallen. 

Hopefully, after a visit to the workshop, it will shortly return.

Remo Vallance approached the Gallery in 1995 a year after the new building opened. He was a student in the Sculpture Department at the ANU School of Art back then, and he had been making chainsaw sculptures for various people in O'Connor. We secured Council planning approval. Remo sourced the logs and the Gallery arranged to put them in the ground.  He spent about two to three weeks chainsawing on a ladder, taking time out to consider the shaping as he went along. 

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Home with Wood Review

Saturday 11 October 2014

This exhibition displays the work of seventeen accredited members of Studio Woodworkers Australia (SWA) which was founded in 2011 and comprises both accredited members and general members. As a national organisation, its role is to promote and support professional designer-makers working in wood.

Accredited members are all well-known for their exemplary design ideas and skills in producing high-end, one-off pieces and for undertaking commissions.

The premise for this exhibition was to offer the members an opportunity to expand their audiences and create original production pieces which would appeal to home-owners looking for well-considered, affordable designs and who appreciate the values of quality of handcrafted items – in this instance, furniture.

These principles form the basis of an invitation to visitors to cast their votes in the People’s Choice Award. They are invited to vote for one item that they think best demonstrates the purpose of the exhibition, that is:

  • an innovative idea
  • ideal for the home
  • a good design suitable for production
  • well made
  • affordable for home owners
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Giant Pear

Thursday 09 October 2014

This Giant Coolibah Burl Pear was commissioned when Inca from Queensland visited the Gallery and saw, and fell in love with, our range of wooden turned fruit. She asked if we could make a wooden pear specially for her, only it had to be 30cm high!  

Wood turner Jim Homan and Gallery Director David Mac Laren collaborated to create the finished product. We are amazed by it's perfection and beauty. 

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