Judges announced for AWR Student Awards 2019

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Six weeks out from the December 11 entry deadline and year 11 and 12 secondary students in Australia are once again showing their creativity and technical chops in a range of entries that can be seen now on our website.

AWR Student Awards are supported by specialist suppliers to the woodworking industry who are keen to foster the acquisition of skills as well as a general appreciation for fine woodwork. This year’s awards sponsors are Carbatec, Hare & Forbes Machinery House, Arbortech and Triton Tools. Over $7,500 in prizes are on offer.

The deadline for entry is December 11. Enter via our website where you can learn about the prizes on offer.

It’s now our pleasure to announce the two talented furniture designer makers who will soon have some tough decisions to make.

Kelly Parker is on the cover of our current issue and the author of a story within on the process of making some highly detailed boxes. In parallel with our Student Awards entrants, Kelly’s love of woodworking began in high school. She went on to gain a degree in biochemistry and then work as a corporate chemist before coming back to designing and making on a full time basis.

‘My work is all about transformation and discovery,’ says Kelly. ‘I create objects that are dense in details and I want people to delight in them — the colours, the textures, the satiny-smooth feel of the finished surface. Every piece of wood has story, and this story is important to me. I write “the story” for every piece I make – where the wood came from, my process and my inspiration.’

Kelly teaches woodworking and design classes in the USA and in March 2020  will teach two workshops at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand.



Bryan Cush is a Melbourne based architect and furniture designer maker who is also featured in the current issue of Australian Wood Review magazine. As a contemporary designer Bryan believes that while furniture should provide function in a modern context it can also tell stories about the interests, attitudes and influences of the maker as well as the person it is made for. Many of his bespoke creations and collaborations with other artists reflect these ideas.

Bryan is a passionate advocate for using native species and appreciating the variety of tone and figure they offer. In support of climate action he recently he launched his Treemaker Initiative which encourages other makers to donate 1% of every job undertaken to a tree-planting or tree protection not-for-profit of their choice.

Bryan is also a contributor to Australian Wood Review and shares some of his strategies for design in the next (December) issue of the magazine.



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