Profiles

For Alexsandra Pontonio, designing and making furniture is all about exploring ideas and processes. Interview by Linda Nathan.

Tracey Malady tells the story of a father who inspired his daughter's woodworking career.

Matching beautiful woods with different metal combinations is what plane maker Brian loves, particularly showcasing highly figured Australian timbers.

In Australia, a Martinez hammer retails at around $500, certainly a lot for a simple tool that’s been around for thousands of years. However Martinez hammers have a certain mystique...

What makes a master toolmaker? Raf Nathan spoke to UK maker Karl Holtey.

Leon Sadubin pays tribute to a colleague and friend who had a deep and respectful understanding of forest ecology. The furniture he made showed an intuitive response to the material he loved.

"I've been turning full time for six years and a standard bowl is now second nature. Ring turning got me critically thinking about design, technique and turning to fine tolerances", explains Simon Begg.

"I never get over the excitement when you first cut open a log. Each tree has the potential to grow a masterpiece, and seeing its beauty for the first time is a thrill beyond compare", says US maker Austin Heitzman.

A good carved caricature identifies and accentuates the distinctive feature of the person, explains Townsville based woodworker and teacher Isaac Ferguson.

Martin Goebel, USA leads a small team of craftspeople who create high end furniture and fitouts for a broad based clientele.

Art imitates nature in the stunning wood-toned marquetry portraits of moths created by Clemens Söllner. "Artistic recreations of their perfectly camouflaged bodies with the material they want to imitate made sense to me," he says.

UK sculptor Alison Crowther creates sinuous textures on the ancient English oak trees she gives voice to. Story by Robert Howard.

"I started carving with a Stanley knife, not something I would recommend. (Woodworking) was an addictive slippery slope from there..."

"It was meant to be quick and easy", said Lana Kagan of the piece she designed and built for Beyond Ordinary, now on show at Sturt Galleries.

‘Just because you’re a highly skilled craftsperson doesn’t mean you have a right to make a living from it’, says fourth generation maker Jon Goulder. Interview by Adam Markowitz.

Set in Italy, this is a story about a family business that carries on the tradition of one of the pinnacles of Italian design, the Chiavarina chair.