Posted on March 28, 2012
A few years ago, friends relocated a railway station onto their block of land and proceeded to renovate it into a gallery and working studio. The building had its origins in the early 1920's and was constructed of wonderful old-growth rainforest timbers including Australian Red Cedar, Queensland Kauri, Silky Oak, Satin Sycamore, and a host of others. As renovations go, there were lots of weatherboards and some internal wall cladding that got removed to allow for new work. Fortunately, I was first in line to make use of the near 100 year old valuable resource.
The two small bowl forms featured here were shaped from a 20 mm (3/4 inch) thick external weatherboard. I had already taken a pair of salad servers from the board and then cut these two forms out of remaining larger pieces. There are still several utensil rests yet to shape from the smaller remains.
Many of these fine rainforest trees are in dangerously low numbers now after decades of logging in the coastal rainforests up until relatively recent times. Therefore, it's very satisfying to be able to give some of this old pre-used wood a new purpose in life as an object of beauty.
About 80% of my wood now comes from 'eco' sources ... recycled, salvaged or reclaimed ... and I'm careful to get the best object recovery rates from each board ... even if it means including a few nail holes.