Bungendore Wood Works Gallery prides itself in the level of service it offers its visitors and clients. The Gallery makes freely available information on a wide range of subject matters, including articles and editorial comment, descriptions of timbers, recommendations for finishing and care of product.

There are also links to woodworking schools and New Artist and Media information kits.

Things of Tone and Wood

Thursday 13 March 2008

Canberra Times, Times 2, Friday 25th January, 2008

by Ron Cerabona

Furniture can be regarded as simply functional: somewhere to, literally, hang your hat, or put up your feet, or eat dinner, or just sink down in front of the television after a hard day at work. But the best of it is more than that. It can also be a work of art, something to admire in and of itself.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery wanted to do something to encourage this latter perception and to give craftspeople a chance to display their talents, with the opening exhibition in their 25th anniversary year, Studio Furniture 2008, which opens tomorrow.

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Celebrating Two Decades of Fine Woodworking in Australia

Thursday 13 March 2008

Craft Arts International Magazine #60 2004

by Terry Martin

In 1977 a young furniture maker named David Mac Laren arrived in Australia from New York. He had a fulfilling life as a furniture maker in America, but he became disillusioned with pervasive materialism and came to Australia to try to establish a more meaningful life. Like many at that time, he dreamt of self-sufficiency, so he bought rural land near the village of Bungendore, 30 minutes from Canberra, and set up his workshop. Eventually Mac Laren decided to open a gallery because he wanted a place to display his furniture and pieces by other furniture makers. It was a simple desire that gave no hint of the success and expansion of the coming years.

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The Art of Relationship

Thursday 13 March 2008

Canberra Review/Canberra Times, February 12, 2000

by Stan d'Argeavel

Its a long, long way from the Off-Broadway theatre stage to the quiet, secluded streets and lanes of Bungendore village and an even further distance from successful playwright to fine wood worker and gallery director. Bungendore Wood Works Gallery owner and artistic director David Mac Laren revels in just that.

“When I moved from New York City to Bungendore I wanted a place to display my furniture as well as the work of other furniture makers in the region.” says David.

And it’s this relationship with his designer/makers that David now finds the most challenging and enjoyable facet of running one of this country’s finest mixed media galleries - all in a sleepy little village in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

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Don Burrows invites you to Stop, Look and Listen

Wednesday 05 March 2008

Capital Magazine Issue Twenty Five November - December 2006

by Stan d'Argeavel

A brief look around the walls of Australian jazz musician Don Burrows' studio reveals an impressive portrait of success and recognition in the music business. Looking further reveals the fact that a second artistic medium pervades his creative life.

Burrows is equally at home in the photographic darkroom as he is on the stage. To be blessed with a talent at a level few artists attain is one thing, to carry that talent to a second artistic medium is reserved for a few gifted individuals.

Don Burrows has been treading the boards as a professional musician for 65 years. In 1973 the twice-named Australian Living Treasure received the first Gold Record ever awarded to an Australian jazz musician, instigated the first Jazz studies program in the Southern Hemisphere at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and was awarded an MBE.

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Australian School for Fine Furniture

Monday 03 March 2008

The Australian School of Fine Furniture is part of the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. The School offers a two-year Associate Degree in Furniture Design and a three-year Bachelor of Environmental Design (Furniture Design). Both courses are available full time on campus, within a well-equipped furniture workshop that contains a range of high quality machinery and tools.

The courses aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to practice as designers and makers of fine furniture. Students in these courses are encouraged to develop a professional approach to design and making while learning advanced joinery and machining techniques.

For more information visit their website: http://www.arch.utas.edu.au/

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School of Art Furniture Workshop

Monday 03 March 2008

Australian National University

The Furniture Workshop provides comprehensive skills-oriented courses of study aimed primarily at students wishing to work as designers, craftspersons. Students are provide with a program which comprises real and hypothetical design briefs, and are encouraged to investigate all aspects of professional practice by making contact with established professionals, workshop and studio visits, and by workshop projects focussing on issues such as exhibiting and marketing work.

As part of the ANU Faculty of Arts, with professionally active academic staff, advanced technical facilities, and located close to Australia’s national collecting institutions, the School of Art Furniture Workshop provides an excellent environment for study and research.


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Sturt School for Wood

Monday 03 March 2008

Despite a rapidly growing interest in fine woodworking, very limited opportunities exist in Australia to learn the craft and design skills necessary for its practice. To meet this need the Sturt School for Wood was established in 1985 to operate independently of the state tertiary system. The school runs a full-time (Certificate IV) course, two twelve-week courses and evening-classes on a three-hour per week basis. The school is under the direction of Stuart Faulkner and offers fee-paying students the opportunity to gain a sound foundation in both the making and design of fine woodwork.


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