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.
Images Cathy Taylor Photography
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