Awards Announced for AWR Studio Furniture 2018

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Above: Cash awards totaling $18,000 from major sponsor and host Bungendore Wood Works Gallery were presented (left to right) to David Haig, NZ First $10,000 for Folium 3; Darren Fry, SA Second $5,000 for Constance Chest; Terry Martin and Zina Burloiu Third $3,000 for Moon Table. Photos l-r: Daniel Allen, Grant Hancock, Terry Martin

From Linda Nathan, Wood Review Editor

On October 20, 2018 sixty five makers presented sixty works, five of which were collaborations. This was AWR Studio Furniture 2018 produced by Australian Wood Review and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

The lead-up was long, almost 18 months, long enough to be pregnant twice, as I said for some reason in my opening words. The Octagon space at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery was entirely filled with exhibits, and as many again were displayed throughout the bottom floor of the gallery.

Just prior to the 4:30pm opening makers and visitors flowed into the room and then filled the stairs when no more could enter. It got warmer and warmer, and the humidity rose from perspiration and then also tears. It was an emotional gathering.

A giant birthing of intent and effort, SF18 was dedicated as a community homage to one of Australia’s most prominent sculptural artists. Matthew Harding was also a woodworker, known and loved by many, none more so than by gallery owner David Mac Laren’s daughter Freya, Matthew’s wife.

Where they could, some sat on the floor, including Matthew and Freya’s four young children who sat close and looked up to their grandfather as he expressed his welcome and thanks.

Makers, sponsors, judges and the teams from organisers Australian Wood Review and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery were duly thanked before the following awards were announced.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery First $10,000
David Haig, New Zealand, Folium 3 Chair

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Second $5,000
Darren Fry, SA, Constance Chest

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Third $3,000
Terry Martin, Qld and Zina Burloiu (Romania), Moon Table

Felder Award Hammer N4400 value $3166
Will Matthysen, Vic, Clock 195

Interwood Design Award $1000
Rolf Barfoed, ACT, Exo Desk

Studio Woodworkers Australia Emerging Designer Maker $1000
Kristian Frandsen, Denmark, MoOn box

George Ingham Chair Award $1000
Bernard Chandley, Vic: CoCo Armchair

If you attended the opening you will know that on the night David Mac Laren in a further act of spontaneous generosity increased his Second and Third awards from $3000 to $5000 and $2000 to $3000 respectively. All up, over $24,000 in awards were distributed.

AWR Studio Furniture 2018 is on display until January 31, 2019 at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, NSW.

Issue 101 of Australian Wood Review magazine, out end November, will feature AWR Studio Furniture 2018. You can also see more on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Subscribe to Wood Review here


 Above, left to right: Bernard Chandley, Vic CoCo Armchair, George Ingham Chair Making Award $1000; Kristian Frandsen, Denmark, MoOn Box in bog oak Studio Woodworkers Australia Emerging Designer Maker $1000; Will Matthysen, Vic, Clock 195 Felder Award Hammer N4400 value $3166


 Rolf Barfoed, ACT, Exo Desk, Interwood Design Award $1000

AWR Studio Furniture 2018 was proudly sponsored by:


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