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This piece is off to a new home!  Steve and Mark at Coldstream Gallery Ulmarra sold this piece for me – many thanks!

This piece is the result of a few diversions around an initial idea.  I had toyed with the idea of making a Mobius shape that brought a mask to mind.  Unfortunately, there were a couple of issues.  Bright ideas in the middle of the night lead us down a different track.  One thing followed another until this form made itself known.

None the less, it is a very showy piece of camphor laurel.  Happy with that.




The guys at Coldstream Gallery sold this piece the other day – it was only a few weeks ago that I took it in to them.  Delighted!

I was talking the other day to a fellow Clarence Valley Woodworker about the mixed emotions associated with selling our work.

Firstly, when we put a piece of our work out there for sale, there is a certain amount of uncertainty.  A good deal of physical and emotional energy goes into a piece, and our own feelings about it may be mixed.  There is always something we could have done better, or differently.  Regardless of whether we actually like the result, we wonder why anyone else would like the piece, why they would pay good money and put your work in their home.

It is great to meet buyers, people who like your work.  Sometimes, when people obviously love your work, you feel like giving to them!  So when the gallery sells some of our work, we feel very grateful, gratified that someone saw value in the piece.

But on the other hand, once the piece goes out the gallery door, that piece is gone – never to be seen by us again.  That’s a sense of sadness.

In all of this, the money is only secondary.  The price paid is an indication of the value that the buyer placed on the work, and that’s the gratification.  Of course, the flip side is that we never know if the price was too low, if the buyer would have put a higher value on the work.  And if a piece doesn’t sell, is  it because it was too expensive?  Or is it just that no one likes it?

But for this piece – it sold and I’m delighted!  Good luck and many thanks to the buyer.

And my thanks to the guys at Coldstream Gallery.  Visit them sometime, or check out their website or Instagram page.



Fifteen Seconds of Fame at Woopi…


Woolgoolga (known to all on the North coast as Woopi) is a town on the coast just 15 minutes north of Coffs Harbour.  It has a long standing community of Punjabi Sikhs, and has Australia’s oldest Sikh temple.  It is also the home of the Woolgoolga Art Gallery, a vibrant community run gallery between the highway and the beach.  The gallery is also home to the annual Lillipilli Exhibition.

I entered a piece in the Sculpture section – when we arrived at the opening, I took a look at the works on display, and decided that I was not going to win a prize – there were plenty of outstanding pieces on display, including one by John Van Der Kolk.  I’ve followed John’s work for years – his work is outstanding.  His entry was stunning –  whimsical assembly that defies simple description.  And I don’t have a photo – his work deserves more than I can achieve with a mobile phone…

When the prize winners were announced, I was surprised to find I was awarded Second Prize.  Predictably, John’s piece took the main Prize.  As Ross Annels commented – ‘second to John Van der Kolk – we all aspire to that!’  I got to meet John, and spoke with him briefly.  Delighted with that!  My 15 seconds of fame…

I guess there are lots of reasons why people enter public art exhibitions like the Lillipilli show or the Clarence River Arts Festival – but I doubt that any enter with any expectation of winning a prize, or selling a piece…  Some may believe that art exhibitions help get their name out there.  Some folks might like to compare their work with others.  But for me, it is more about supporting the events and the people who organise and sponsor them, and supporting those artists who have the talent and perseverance to produce a prize winning piece.  If folks don’t support these events, they will just go away…

I’m just an amateur – a hobby woodworker who likes to make (hopefully) tactile and intriguing curved shapes.  My pieces have no ‘message’, no real narrative.  If people want to feel the shape, to run their hands over them, and it makes them smile, I’m happy.  I can’t claim to be a ‘serious’ artist. But I will keep supporting these events, and perhaps I will get an occasional mention in the results…

A couple more photos – Su’s entry in the show, and the view from the deck of Coffs Harbour Yacht Club (excellent food!)


Catching up…



It seems like a while since I’ve put anything on these pages…  So its catching up time…

First off – the ‘Eye of Moebius’ piece sold at Coldstream Gallery – many thanks to Mark and Steve!

I must confess that I have a great deal of difficulty with pricing these sculptural or art pieces.  With functional pieces, it is relatively easy.  We can go on-line and see how the mainstream furniture stores price tables.   I think we have a pretty fair idea of the value of a functional piece.  But for an art piece, the value that a buyer puts on a piece is much more subjective.  I don’t have that sort of experience.  On the other hand, when I buy a piece of art, I have a good idea of what  am prepared to pay based on my emotional response.

The trouble is that the closer we are to a piece, the less we can see it in perspective.

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Flattening the desk top

Su’s desk is proceeding just not as fast as I’d like…  Too many other things happening, like the Clarence River Arts Festival, for which I am the Woodwork Section Steward.  But next week looks to be clear.  The panels for the desk top and drawer boxes have been glued up, and I should be able to finish flattening these panels.  The timber has some wild grain, and tear out is an issue, so I am mostly traversing across the grain – using Su’s Dad’s Marples 4 1/2, the HNT Gordon jack plane and the Veritas cabinet scraper.   Sharp- blades are essential.

Gidgee goodness

Happy Birthday to me!

Cashed up from the sale of the ‘Eye of Moebius’, I took the opportunity to give myself a birthday treat.  I ordered a couple of HNT Gordon planes – a smoother and a small curved bottom chair maker’s plane.  They arrived in the post next day.  How good is that!


Making Treen…


Just a few of the pieces I’ve made over the past couple of weeks…

Making treen is relaxing and profitable activity.  Low risk perhaps, not spectacular perhaps, just nice simple functional objects that people like and buy…  And it uses up some of my collection of off cuts and oddments…

Now that I have cleared the decks and stocked up again, back to real work.  The next big job is Su’s desk.  Another adventure, a couple of new ideas to try.  I have three large slabs of premium redgum ready to go.  I’m planning on opening up the slabs on Friday –  that’s always a step into the unknown!