A Victorian Woodworkers Associtaion Exhibition of Fine Woodworking
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Jeremy Brown - 1st Place
Reclaimed crate timbers (maple, oak), aluminium. (H) 850 mm x (L) 445 mm x (W) 530 mm.
The design process for this piece was focused on exploring the structural requirements that are universal for chairs. It involved experimenting with triangulation and testing the limitations of timber as a structural material, emphasized by the use of narrow sections.
The chair is made from a minimal amount of wood. A sleek, light frame has been created through hand-cut joinery and the laser-cut aluminium brackets that connect the back of the seat to the rest of the frame. The nail holes have been filled with resin.
1st Place - Jeremy Brown
David Hall - 2nd Place
Stack of Crates Cabinet Reclaimed crate timbers including maple, elm, white oak and poplar. (H) 1300mm x (W) 780mm x (D) 400mm.
David has produced items for a number of CFC competitions over the years and sees the chal-lenge of utilising recycled timber from such a source as a sometimes frustrating but ultimately rewarding exercise. He considers part of that challenge as seeking to make something that has a connection to the source and/or previous use of the timber. He believes that some “warts and all” honesty with the inherent flaws such material brings is important and that those flaws will emphasise the hidden treasures of grain and colour which are revealed as the timber is sawn and dressed and the work unfolds.
This year he has focused directly on the design of the pallets themselves. The doors and sides of the cabinet are arranged horizontally as a stack of four pallets. Recesses in the bottom of each mimic the cut outs for fork lift tines in the main members. Between these, smaller side protrusions provide representation of the cross boards that attach to the top and underside of the pallets‟ main members.
David is a recently retired engineer and long time VWA member.
Clare Solomon - 3rd Place
Decisions on the Run
Reclaimed crate timbers. leather, steel. (H) 320 mm x (W) 390 mm x (D) 110 mm
Driven by the anxiety felt when given too much choice in everyday life, this work explores chance as a humorous way of resolving indecision by removing the options to uncontrollable chance processes.
The work draws from traditional fine woodworking techniques, and Solomon's own experience with indecision. Using traditional fine woodworking techniques, she aims to show the impor-tance of the decision being made by the participants, even while the question being answered by the work is trivial and every day. This tension between the highly crafted object and the trivial decision being made gives the decision importance, while also pointing to the absurdity of the situation in which this object would and has been used.
Alex Springall - People's Choice Winner
A cabinet of two compartments, with a marquetry detail on the doors depicting two iconic Australian native birds, the Crimson Rosella and Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.
Alex was a hobby woodworker for many years before attending the Sturt School of Wood in 2002. He retired from a full-time career as a Hydrographer in 2004 and now works almost full-time as a woodworker, making mainly boxes and small furniture on commission and for galleries.