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Fifteen Seconds of Fame at Woopi…

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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!)

 

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Catching up…

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Sold!

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.

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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…

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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!