Meet the Judges: Maker of the Year presented by Carbitool

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Maker of the Year presented by Carbitool is Australian Wood Review’s annual world showcase for fine woodworking and wood art. Over $18,000 in cash and prizes are on offer for 15 awards over six categories.

The Awards close for entries on 4 September 2023 and culminate with the announcement of the winners in a special Maker of the Year edition of Australian Wood Review magazine in December 2023 where the Top 100 entries will be published. Winners and runners up will also be announced at

It’s now our pleasure to introduce our highly esteemed judges!


Jon Goulder @jongoulder is a fourth generation furniture maker who left his family business to study furniture design and fine woodworking at Canberra School of Art under the direction of the late George Ingham. His work has featured in a number of major exhibitions and publications around the world. Jon has won several design prizes and his work is held in permanent collections by most State and National Museums and Art Galleries including the National Gallery of Australia. Currently a Senior Designer with Snohetta Architects Australasia, Jon is a master craftsperson and a skilled designer, and when not working with Snohetta, focuses on developing his one-off and limited edition collections for representation in Australia, America and Europe.


Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen @the_ashsmoen is a visual arts researcher with more than 20 years of experience and since 2012 has been Senior Lecturer at the School of Art & Design at Australian National University. Over the past decade, Ashley has been salvaging timber and appropriating discarded wood furniture to construct her artworks. Her work addresses deforestation, reduction of wildlife habitat, contested/shared landscapes, natural resource use, consumerism and waste. She is a strong believer in the power of contemporary craft and design as a means of tackling pressing environmental and societal issues. Ashley’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally and she was the winner of both the 2021 Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design, and the 2022 Australian Furniture Design Awards. Her work is in the collections of the NGV (Melbourne), the RISD Art Museum (Providence, USA) and The Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia).


Aled Lewis @aledlewisfurniture grew up on his family’s farm in Wales, UK and studied furniture making at Rycotewood College in Oxford and after graduating, began his career restoring antique furniture. Later, he worked for furniture makers and designers, including Archie Shine and Robert Heritage, working in the United States and South Africa before returning to the UK. For the next 18 years Aled ran a busy workshop employing a small team of craftsmen designing and making high quality furniture for private, corporate and academic institutions. He has taught at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA and in 2023 will teach at Sturt School for Wood in Mittagong, NSW. Of his own work Aled says: ‘I’m looking for an understated and timeless quality, clean and uncomplicated. I rely on light and shade to accent some of the subtle detailing that I think is interesting.’


David Boucher @boucherandco  Decades of working with clients from around the world has given a great depth of experience in innovation and creativity to David Boucher and his elite team of makers. During that time Boucher & Co has forged a global reputation for design excellence, crafting fine art one-of-a-kind, bespoke mechanical furniture pieces for clients that include royalty, sultans, movie stars, heads of state and captains of industry. ‘Over the past 47 years we have developed skills, systems and relationships that enable us to offer our clients an incredibly special and most enjoyable, first-class, very personalised experience from that initial call right through to delivery’, says David. Boucher & Co has specialised in contemporary Art Deco design – a commitment to exquisite materials and cool modern luxury design that recently resulted in a notable collaboration with  iconic carmaker Rolls-Royce.


Lisa Cahill @adcdirector has been CEO and Artistic Director at Australian Design Centre since 2016. In that time Lisa has curated eight annual creative programs, including more than 50 contemporary craft and design exhibitions and the annual Sydney Craft Week Festival. Over 35 years, Lisa has worked across government and the arts as a curator, writer and creative producer and, most recently, created and hosted ADC’s award nominated podcast series. She is privileged to work with hundreds of designer/makers and creative partners each year across Australia.


Jess Humpston @jesshumpston is a Naarm/Melbourne-based designer-maker and a graduate of the Sturt School for Wood. A background in both fashion and interior design has given Jess a finely tuned understanding of the space a piece of furniture inhabits and a sensitivity to the intimate physical interaction between user and object. Jess’s work is minimal, yet detail focussed and her practice is dedicated to material exploration within highly rational and brief-driven parameters. In 2022, Jess was awarded the Overall Maker of the Year and winner of the Tables, Chairs & Desks category with her Ch-Air.

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