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Jarrah Stool – Introduction to Woodworking

This stool combines a range of skills practiced in exercises leading up to this one project, including; hand cut mortise and tenon, lap joinery, widening joint and shaping and tapering using a range of techniques. It is simple, but makes and excellent educational tool. For more information on these stools and learning to make furniture check out Handsome & Co.

Huon Pine Side Table – Commission

I had the privilege recently of working with Huon Pine, if you don’t know about it, here are some amazing facts to give context to my pleasure: The Huon pine is Australia’s oldest living tree and is one of the oldest living organisms on earth. Individuals have been known to reach an age of 3,000 years. Fossil records from a tree found in the south-west of Tasmania were dated at 3,462 years. (Carder A., 1995). Only the bristle-cone pine of North America exceeds it in age. The Huon pine grows... Read The Rest →

Huon Pine Skateboard

Huon Pine – One of the oldest living organisms on the planet and a Skateboard Deck – associated mainly as young persons past time. Who knew these two elements would work so well together. It is such a beautiful object, that I’m sure the owner will, maybe, never ride, but instead keep it as an ornament to admire and cherish. The deck is made up of an outer skin of Huon Pine, with a Canadian Maple core, finished with a clear coat of hard wax oil. The board currently has... Read The Rest →

Spot Stool – Workshop Chairs

These are workshop chairs in two different ways, firstly in the sense that they were developed in collaboration with Handsome & Co, a School of Woodworking & Design, located in Melbourne, Australia. Intended specifically for use in their classroom for woodwork students at the bench practicing their furniture making skills. The ‘workshop’ term can also be interpreted in a secondary context of development, I have been very quick to adopt and become enamoured with this product and I am now currently making improvements on subsequent versions.    Version 3 (or maybe... Read The Rest →

Sonny’s Birthday Party

  Dear Sonny, You can be anything you want when you grow up, as long as you don’t give up and you persist when you meet failure. Often the biggest deterrent for trying is the fear of failure, which is a fear founded on humiliation from your peers. If the worst possible outcome of failure, is that somebody will laugh at you, then there really is nothing to be afraid of. Eventually someone will laugh at you and say, “you didn’t really think you could do that, did you?”   What... Read The Rest →

His & Hers Cutting Boards

Aim for the chopping block. If you aim for the wood, you will have nothing. Aim past the wood, aim through the wood; aim for the chopping block. Annie Dillard  

Wood Workshops: Material Value

I was recently interviewed by the Australian Design Review for my role at Handsome & Co. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: AUSTRALIAN DESIGN REVIEW Published on January 16 2015. Physically creating something tangible to suit a purpose or fulfil a creative urge is a fundamental human yearning, one perhaps neglected in an era where our hands are occupied as an extension of touch screens and keyboards. In the smartphone age, where anyone is but a click or swipe away from the next stimulus, crafting an object with permanence is an act of enduring... Read The Rest →

Custom Pressed Back – Cafe Chairs

These are contemporary pressed back chairs (made in 2014), but wait, what’s a pressed back chair?  “…In the very late 1800s along came a process that could produce elaborate designs on chair parts for a cost of next to nothing. It even had a lot of people thinking it was hand carved. The process? The steel die stamp. A design with sharp edges was etched into a metal plate. That plate was mounted on a roller and under great pressure was passed over a waiting chair crest rail that had... Read The Rest →

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