The 2nd half of my Australia trip was with Glen Rundell, chairmaker in Kyneton, Victoria. Glen kindly hosted a class on making carved oak boxes. Here’s Glen & his son Tom working at carving during one of our lunch breaks.
He just happened to have some English oak he milled years ago, so we dove into carving; filling spaces as much as we could.
Nine students worked all week; learning the carving patterns, then sizing the oak for each box. Working out the wooden hinge; fitting a till – it’s a deceptive project. Lots has to happen just right.
The corners were glued and pegged, Glen made short work of shaving enough pegs for everyone…
We used Peter Ross’ hand-made nails (a bag of nails in your luggage gives the folks in the X-ray area at the airport something to look at…) to attach the bottoms, and the cleats under the lids.
The students did great work. Here’s a shot of 7 boxes – one got away before the photo, one student took his box home to assemble.
It would take more than one blog post to cover Glen’s work. His website is here: https://www.rundellandrundell.com.au/ and Instragram https://www.instagram.com/rundellandrundell/?hl=en
Glen & his wife Lisa also run the Lost Trades Fair – an astounding event that I hope to see some day ttps://www.rundellandrundell.com.au/lost-trades-australia
There’s also a retail shop in Kyneton, used to be called “The Chairmaker’s Wife” but now I think it’s Lost Trades: The Artisans Store – https://www.rundellandrundell.com.au/shop
and a few more Australian birds:
First, New Holland honeyeater
Yellow faced honeyeater