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Nest of three sidetables 2013
Bull Oak and Red Cedar
450 x 450 x 450mm
Looking at this recent commission there is a lot to take in. The raw materials given to me by my client — spectacular Bull Oak, milled by his grandfather on the Atherton Tableland almost a century ago. A precious seam of Red Cedar, collected and cherished for more than 35 years. Both timbers as full of sentiment as they are of natural lustrous beauty.
I see the clean modernist lines of my architect client’s design, the daring of the Red Cedar brace, expressed to the outer surface and I see the challenge of executing it.
I see my own contribution, both visible and hidden — the hand cut dovetails, the hidden blind mitred dovetail joint allowing the graphic line of the Red Cedar to appear uninterrupted. I see the time, the patience and the love poured into its making.
However, what I see most clearly in this piece is Trust. To put such precious pieces of heirloom timber into my hands was an act of faith that still amazes me. Such trust is an energising element for a maker like myself, it makes me wish to honour it, bringing a deep sense of purpose to the work. So I also see gratitude.
Designed by Glenn Thomas and Andrew Ness
Associate Professor Glenn Thomas is a retired Architect and Landscape Architect and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Design, QUT.
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asylum-art: Can piling logs be an art form? Yes, apparently. There are people out there who arrange huge piles of logs into beautiful pictures that will gradually disappear as they are burned throughout the cold winter months.
It can all seem a bit absurd until you realize that, depending on the type of wood and how they’re cut, logs actually present quite the variety of colors and textures for someone with the patience and the eye to take advantage of them. There are even art galleries that have showcased art like this. If you’ve been inspired to create your own log pile art, share it with us below!
Looking out to Cape Raoul from the walking track that snakes through forest and coastal scrub on the Tasman Peninsula. This is the point where we lost the track! Surrounded by a maze of potential paths and pebbles, @angie_baby72 and I were faced with one question, what defines a track from a bunch of pebbles that all look exactly the same! We eventually stumbled across it only to lose it again on the way back, having to split up to find it. But that was half the fun ☺️ (at Cape Raoul)