Warren Bolton, Elite Furnishing Team (Student Awards 2019)
I decided to nominate my five, year 12 Furnishing students from Saint Patrick’s College, Mackay, Central Queensland. Not because I felt they could compete with the extreme high quality workmanship that is already on display, but because of the challenging projects they had to complete. I refer to this class as my ‘Elite Furnishing Team’. Each student produced an Adirondack chair that required the conversion of an imperial set of plans to metric, as well as working out the correct angles and measurements to manufacture the project. Hoop pine was the timber used along with stainless steel fixings to create a feature. The next project was a mobile butcher block utilising a variety of timber species including silky oak, kwila, Tasmanian oak, meranti and hoop pine. Each student chose the positioning of the individual species to have ownership towards their projects pattern. Once again, stainless steel fixings were incorporated. The final project was a knife block made from kwila and silky oak. The block was grooved to accommodate a four-knife configuration. Students (left to right): Brendan Doyle, Harrison Kelly, Joshua Crawley, Riley Cureton, absent: Lachlan Kelly. Staff: Mrs Susan Macklin (Teacher Aide), Mr Warren Bolton (Teacher). Year 12, Saint Patrick's College Mackay Central Queensland.