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david hall

After 40 years working as an engineer, with woodwork as a hobby to be pursued when time permitted, retirement has enabled David to engage more actively in his love of woodworking.

As the son of a builder, David was exposed to woodworking skills and tools from an early age. Access to these and a practical requirement for furniture that couldn’t otherwise be afforded served as the impetus for his initial efforts at making objects that were both practical and aspirational.

Over the years his skills and aesthetics have been refined through practice and exposure to other woodworkers. He is a life member and past president of the Victorian Woodworkers Association, the earliest and now the largest organisation in Victoria catering to both professional and amateur woodworkers.


Whilst appreciating the finest of hand tools, David is a pragmatic user of power tools where they can be controlled and manipulated by the user for the best outcome.

Most of David’s output is in a contemporary style and always of his own design but he has and can undertake commissions for more traditional work. He has a preference for Australian timbers wherever possible and has undertaken work utilising recycled timbers.

Now living in north east Victoria, David is producing a small but steady output of hand crafted furniture that goes beyond the soulless product so often seen with production line manufacture.

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susie buykx

I have been making pots for many years now. I have taken courses, and been to demonstrations, but I have always preferred to work alone, and just let things come.

 

Perhaps my main interest has been in teepee firing, however, the final firing of the pots takes place in a teepee constructed of fence palings, with the pots lying on a bed of sawdust, and other random combustibles.

 

Fire bans limit the seasons in which I can do this. When this is not possible I do glazed kiln-fired pottery.

 

Whilst bushwalking, I find inspiration in the beautiful country of North Eastern Victoria, and having lived on a farm, I have had great fun using our own clay.

 

I have been very fortunate and have been inspired by wonderful ceramics in France, Italy and Spain where my husband and I have walked fairly extensively.

 

Put simply, pottery is a passion.

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