Wednesday 15 January 2014
Until January 28, 2014
Although David Upfill-Brown is well known in the fine furniture-making scene, he is perhaps not so well known to those outside the circle. In the 1970s, he was carving in wood and stone in Central and Southern Africa. He then decided to focus on furniture and in 1980/81 studied furniture making and design at the John Makepeace School, Parnham, in England. From 1982 to 1999 with his wife Hermione he ran a bespoke furniture workshop in Tharwa near Canberra.
He taught part time at the Wood Work Shop at the Australian National University and was appointed inaugural academic director of the Australian School of Fine Furniture in Tasmania in 2000. He was the lead instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA for five years and moved back to Australia. He continues to teach for up to three months annually in Maine.Read more
Monday 13 January 2014
Here are a few more work in progress images of the marquetry wardrobe commission by Michael Retter and Scott Mitchell that we shared a few weeks ago. Looking goodRead more
Thursday 19 December 2013
The very talented Doug Collins sent us this little poem in response to our request for some more pieces!
Twas the week before Christmas
In great clouds of dust
The carver sat carving
At speeds fit to bust!
But just when he’d seen
The last work out the door
Along came an email
Asking for more......... :o)
Monday 16 December 2013
View the online exhibition catalogue of David Upfill-Brown's workRead more
Thursday 12 December 2013
Craft Arts International is celebrating 30 years. Thirty years is a long time, a generation, and as a commercial enterprise, and as a leading publication in the crafts and arts world, this is one very great achievement indeed.
Congratulations to Jenie and Ken, and your staff, on the stand-out international crafts and arts publication you have created, nurtured, and grown to become the world class publication that it is today.
As a commercial gallery that has just celebrated its 30th year we know what it takes. You have chronicled the spectacular orbit of Australian craft and arts, and more recently the similar exciting trends internationally.
David Mac Laren
Artistic Director, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Thursday 12 December 2013
When Bomaderry High School student Terrence Wiseham visited the Gallery in 2012 he saw Alex McDowell's reception desk and thought “I like that and would like to do something like it”.
So Terrence, inspired by the desk and work on display at the Gallery, undertook an ambitious 2013 HSC Major Wood Work project creating this curved New Guinea Rosewood desk. He also went the extra mile and created a steam box.
Great work Terrence!Read more
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Here's a peak at a marquetry wardrobe commission Michael Retter and Scott Mitchell are working on at the moment. There are 8 panels 2.7 metres high!Read more
Friday 22 November 2013
An exhibition of Fine Furniture and Woodwork by David Upfill-Brown and Paintings by Tony Richardson
14 December 2013 – 28 January 2014
A Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 30th Year Anniversary ExhibitionRead more
Friday 22 November 2013
Due to popular demand and substantial interest by Gallery patrons the magnificent Hannah Cabinet will remain at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery through the New Year.
The Cabinet was to be exhibited at the Ballina Regional Gallery in northern NSW from late November through December, however the Ballina Gallery has offered to have the Cabinet remain in Bungendore. This is very much appreciated as the Cabinet has attracted a thirty percent increase in visitors to the gallery since arriving here in late May. It also affords Bungendore Wood Works Gallery an extended period to seek a permanent home for the Cabinet in an institution or Gallery in the Canberra/ACT RegionRead more
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Exhibitions of Paintings by Judi Power Thomson & Chan Dissanayake
Wild Visions – Calm Reflections presents the work of two of the Gallery’s most popular and prolific artists from the
9 November – 11 December 2013, in the Octagon ArtSpace
A BUNGENDORE WOOD WORKS GALLERY 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITIONRead more
Tuesday 29 October 2013
"Met one of your craftsmen last wednesday in Springwood when he & his fire crew from Batemans Bay defended houses in our street against possible fire attack. During the lull he talked about his wood work. I would like to visit your gallery during one of our frequent trips between the Blue Mtns & Canberra... to view and possibly buy a sample of his work by way of thanks. Thank you."
We recieved this comment via our website from a Batemans Bay resident who met Jamie Pryor while fighting the recent bush fires. Jamie lives in the Bay area and when not working at Beach House Stairs creates functional accessories in Australian timber.Read more
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Thirty years is a milestone in anyone’s terms. For a commercial gallery to run for thirty years is a great achievement – one worth acknowledging and celebrating.
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery opened in September 1983. The Gallery’s aims have remained consistent throughout the intervening years, although of course things have changed – including moving to new and especially designed premises.
Bungendore Wood Works continues to promote and support the designing and making of fine woodwork and David Mac Laren’s generosity and generosity of spirit infuses the gallery and all those involved with it.
Next is an exhibition that celebrates the past thirty years, but with its gaze very firmly in the future. The word ‘next’ is imbued with anticipation, excitement and the unknown.Read more
Friday 04 October 2013
At the end of the segment it was reported that the Cabinet could be viewed at the NGA. This was incorrect, it is on show at our Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.
The segment can be watched online on the ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-25/canberra-hosts-a-cabinet-of-a-totally-different/5047304Read more
Friday 20 September 2013
Maker of The Hannah Cabinet, Geoff Hannah demonstrated his cabinet to appreciative audiences on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19th September.Read more
Thursday 19 September 2013
Geoff Hannah presenting The Hannah Cabinet to the ABC news crew. Watch this space as we should find out in advance when the interview goes to air so we can share the details.Read more