Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wood Collectors & Blogs I follow

Boutique Timbers is my main timber supplier and recently had a delivery, I think restocking after Mark Aylward's visit was essential . Mal lives in a secret hideaway in Rolland's Plains on NSW north coast. Together with his brother Greg Ward they can be seen often with timbers for sale at.... Kiama Wood show in Feb/March each year, Brisbane,Sydney, ACT & Melbourne Wood shows. Mal even on holidays keeps a close watch out for wood sales (see his blog).

September Timbers

Daniel at Boutique Timbers - 23 hours ago
Here's a sneak peak at a new shipment of timber and logs that arrived on the farm this week.


Mark Aylward is Solid Wood Furniture Company (check out Mark's works in his gallery section). He recently held an exhibition of his and his partners Helen's works (oops forgot to post that one) up in Newcastle. Mark's quirky wood carvings all with a story and Helen's ceramic's. Sue and I took a day's trip and experienced (must post that one). His works of art both in sculpture and furniture are indeed worthy of many accolades. Mark is checking out a small Fig up at Boutique Timbers.

Life on the Farm: Mark inspects the Blue Scrub Figs

Daniel at Boutique Timbers - 6 days ago
Here's a couple of photos from Mark Aylward (from the Solid Wood & Furniture Company) recent visit the Boutique Timber's farm. Down in the Blue Scrub he found these huge Fig trees. Information on Mark's recent exhibition.

Tom Sheppard is The Village Woodworker a Traditional woodworker, tool collector, restorer, Ukulele maker and player. A keen photographer, a hardworking member of Hastings Woodworkers. If your up that way they are located right at Timbertown Heritage Theme Park on the Oxley Hwy at Wauchope in the Hastings Valley NSW. The Guild operate seven days a week, members are rostered on one day a month, except Wednesday & Saturday. Wednesday & Saturday are our main working days

Spring Days and Ukulele Nights

Where does time go?
The weather here has been fickle - some stunningly beautiful spring days, mixed with winds carrying dust and smoke from hazard reduction burns.

The ukulele is still getting its layerings of shellac when weather permits.
The Hastings Woodworkers Guild is keeping me busy as well.

We retrieved some fallen timber that we will mill in our Club bandsawmill.
These logs are eucalyptus grandis - also known as flooded gum or rose gum.
Only found along parts of the east coast of Australia, this was a rare and lucky acquisition for us.

The tree blew down in a wind storm earlier this year, and has awaited collecting since then.

Rose gum is a beautiful, straight grained pink to red timber, that is easily worked and gives a lovely finish.
My friend and singing (a cappella - base/tenor) partner - Ken - seen here directing operations on the back of the truck, donated the timber - and our club is extremely grateful.

Daniel Rankmore For the Love of Wood, a keen woodworker, family man, photographer, man with his head in the clouds some times (a member of the Dr team, flying in choppers). One minute he can be in Sydney next Taree or back in ER. has been forsaking time with wood due to study and work and family in making this Lectern.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sneak Peak

A sign of things to come. A dry fit of the project. The final project will have a panel on both top and bottom pieces and therefore look a little different.

Geoff Montey what a life, sailing, woodwork, grand kids, metal work, model making, lives way over in the middle of no where. Also an avid tool collector, restorer. I found Geoff's blog in doing a search for something he's not to bad at photography either.

Brass Fittings from Hinges

Spent the day making up more of the hardware needed on the couta boat from a couple of old brass hinges. Items included gudgeon for the rudder and a prop.

Test fitting the rudder attachments

Geoff Workshop recently moved to Huonville Tasmania hasn't had much time in keeping up his blog, settling into the cold, wet damp is just part of the change and challenge. He has found that having a big shed means more room to move and more tools required to. Building a CNC, becoming involved in boats and renovating for his own comfort.

I am on doing my own woodwork a few special projects all will be shown in due course. Sue yes busy also, sewing mainly two formal dress alterations for a year 12 party.

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