High chair

This stool features a piece of wisteria in a loop-de-loop shape under the seat–it grew around a loose paling on the back fence of my local electrician, one John Cafe, whom some of you will remember–he came to live in Bega some 35 years ago and is still the same likeably-gruff, sincere guy with the dry sense of humour.




The three oval shaped centre pieces are painted transparently so that the nice pattern of the texture of the waferboard (chipboard packing material) shows through–the rest is primitive needlework.

It is 2.5 m X 1.0m


Dining chair 2

“Colour! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” –Paul Gaugin

“The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Colour is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.” –Fernand Leger

The colours in the chair are inspired by the multi coloured local parrots. Even the velvet fabric is like the bird–it shines either dark or light depending on what angle it is viewed, how the light strikes it. The curved wood crowning the chair is a piece of drift-wood with stones entrapped from its origins as a tree root (I added a few stones where the others had fallen out). The other wood is Cottonwood I think with Honey-suckle vines twining around it.

Off-cut basket/bowl


The traditional hunter-gatherer used every part of the animal or plant. Nothing was wasted. Likewise I like to use up the off-cuts of previous jobs.

This basket has a skeleton of cuttings from the Banksia Rose on the porch (which needed pruning). The gaps are filled with off-cuts of various types of wood shaped to fit. It is all tied together with strips of cloth and coloured string. These 200-300 ties make it very sturdy. The weight of the wood makes it more a bowl than a basket.

I needed something to keep my growing collection of twine and thread. It is 60cms in diameter.

Dining chair

I have a little aversion to instruction manuals–they can discourage original thinking and problem solving. I prefer to learn by doing, like a pioneer (you then own it more).

This chair is a practice for mortise and tenon in preparation for some balustrades I am collecting wood for–if I could make a chair that does not wobble, I can make a firm balustrade!

The chair turned out rock solid and I copied the dimensions and angles from another chair so that it would also be super comfortable (so you don’t even feel the body).

The fabric is mostly velvet and the seat is shaped like a saddle (a bucket seat)–very snug..


There are interior 5 doors like this with handles and locks. The bracing on the back still shows screws which will be hidden by wooden pegs. Greg, the master chippy, has done a spectacular and complete job on the staircase and the doors.