Next Meeting:

Wednesday 25th October 2017

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Exhibition Floor Walk and Annual General Meeting

October is a busy month so we are combining two events!

On Wednesday 25 October, please join us between 6-8pm for an Exhibition Floor Walk of the Double Take in Wood Exhibition, to be followed by the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Where:
Manningham Art Gallery
687 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108

Map:
https://goo.gl/maps/WdaQdRdZ4e12

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7.30pm, Wednesday 27th September 2017

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Visit to Bern Chandley's Workshop

Bern Chandley is well known for his handcrafted Windsor chairs using both traditional and modern techniques. Bern says Windsor chairs have incredibly strong joinery allowing them to endure generations of punishment, and the structure of these chairs allows for an almost endless variety of designs; anything from decorative traditional to simplified modern. He is also a furniture maker and his work includes all manner of tables and cabinets with an emphasis on hand finished details and carving.

Bern will take us on a tour of his workshop, present some of his current work and give us an insight into the craft of chairmaking.

When:
Wednesday 27 September, 7.30pm

Where:
Factory 2, 70 Commercial Drive,
Thomastown. 3074

Map:
https://goo.gl/maps/HiSFxxQuoiR2


 

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7.30pm, Wednesday 26 July 2017

Guest Speaker: David Upfill-Brown
 'A Lot of Wood and Some Stone'

Large Meeting Room
The Meat Market
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne

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David Upfill-Brown is one of Australia's foremost furniture designer-makers. He has been involved at the highest level of the craft for many years, teaching both in Australia and Internationally. David describes his biography as:

Age 6 I hardened sticks in the fire
Age 14 lacerated my right-hand middle finger on Dad’s Shopsmith.
Age 16 I sold board games, checkers etc. to a local gallery.
Age 21 I was introduced to the stone carvers of Rhodesia.
Age 25 came home with a carving set instead of the weekly shopping.
Age 27 I had a sculpture exhibition in Cape Town that was roundly knocked.
Age 30 schooled at Parnham College in Dorset.
Age 33 migrated to Cuppacumbalong Art and Craft Centre in the ACT.
Age 38 I was invited to teach at the ANU Wood Studio.
Age 52 I helped establish the Australian School of Fine Furniture in Launceston.
Age 57 I helped establish the 9 Month Comprehensive at the CFC in Maine.
Now I teach there, and at the CFW in NZ and Sturt in Mittagong. And I make furniture.

 


 

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7.30pm, Wednesday 24 May

Screening of 'Creswick' and Guest Speakers: Natalie Erika James (Filmmaker) and Isabel Avendano Hazbun (Woodworker)
Wednesday 24 May at 7.30pm
Large Meeting Room
The Meat Market
5 Courtney St
North Melbourne



This month we have a very special meeting! Natalie Erika James and Isabel Avendano Hazbun recently collaborated on the short film ‘Creswick’. The story follows ‘Sam's’ fear of her childhood home being brought to light when her ageing father claims there is another presence in the house. 

The film was written and directed by Natalie and Isabel made a collection of chairs which reflected the emerging theme of the movie. The screening of Creswick (10 mins) will be followed by talks from Isabel and Natalie about the role of the furniture in the story, and how Isabel met the challenge of using woodwork to reflect the story.

Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer & director and a graduate of the VCA. Her shorts have screened internationally at film festivals, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Palm Springs International and ShortFest. Natalie was awarded the Film Victoria funded director’s attachment on the sci-fi thriller, STEM. She directs commercials and music videos through production company, Fiction;

Isabel Avendano Hazbun came to Australia in her early twenties and graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Textiles at UNSW where she developed her love of textiles and weaving. After working in theatre, building and set design, she completed the  Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology at the Sturt School for Wood in Mittagong. She moved to Melbourne to develop her practice, combining the two mediums of textiles and wood in works that range from jewelry to furniture and sculpture .


 

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7.30pm, Wednesday 26 April

Benjamin Reddan's Workshop

Benjamin Reddan completed his studies and apprenticeship in Cabinet Furniture Making at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2014. His final assessment piece was the Ikebana Cabinet “Awakening of a Dream”, for which he received two awards from the Australian Furniture Association. The cabinet and other work will be on display at the workshop.  There is parking available on the street.

 

Ikebana Cabinet

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Made over a two-year period the Ikebana Cabinet is an exceptional piece of craft and design.  “Awakening of a Dream” is a 360 degree viewing cabinet, the piece can be viewed from all angles. The cabinet is both sculptural and functional when opened it presents an Ikebana arrangement.

Click here for a map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZN8y4MSALuT2

 


 

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7.30pm, Wednesday 22 March

Workshop visit to Vesper Tools

9A Leah Grove,  Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
 
Chris Vesper is known to woodworkers across Australia and around the world for his exquisite squares, sliding bevels and marking knives. He aims to ‘design, manufacture and sell the best woodworking hand tools available anywhere’. One reviewer for Popular Woodworking Magazine, Chris Schwarz, noted that ‘Vesper makes the best sliding bevel I’ve ever used’, which suggests that Chris is s achieving his very high aspirations.

Chris has just moved into a new purpose built workshop. He will take us on a tour of the production process and talk about his approach to toolmaking and the art and science of striving for perfection.

 


You can see more about Vesper Tools at: 

https://www.vespertools.com.au/


 

7.30pm, Wednesday 22 February, 2016

Pianos Recycled

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Guest Speaker: Mike Hendry, Pianos Recycled

Pianos Recycled deconstructs old pianos destined for landfill or that have passed their use-by date, and then recycles the various components. This fully recycled and sustainable product offers to woodworkers and cabinet-makers an opportunity to work with timbers that are almost universally 100-135 years old, and featuring in particular, some veneers that are rare in the modern age. Mike will talk about how pianos are dismantled and show some examples of pieces made from piano timbers.

You can see more about Pianos Recycled at: https://www.facebook.com/pianosrecycled/

Wednesday 22 February at 7.30pm
Burwood District Bowls Club,
Burwood Reserve,
Warrigal Road,  
Glen Iris 3125

Click here for a map: https://goo.gl/maps/43VocsBcSj82

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