sculpture

A purpose and an occupation: the lathe that turned a life around

Mike Walker of Walker’s Woodturning was born and bred on a sheep and beef farm in the King Country. His passion for woodturning began with many childhood hours spent turning with his grandfather. In 2002 Mike broke his back, and it was this that eventually led him to take up woodturning again in his adult years, this time in a professional capacity. Assisted by his wife Helen on the business front, Mike has worked hard to adapt traditional turning techniques to his needs, and as a result he’s competent at ambidextrous turning, and turning seated or standing.

A school of rainbow fishies…

These gorgeous fused glass fish from Clarity Glass are available in a rainbow of vibrant colours. They are easily mounted on a wall, and because they are offset from the wall they cast colourful shadows if the light hits them. Each fish is slightly different, and has been fused at a lower temperature to retain the texture of the patterns, gill and lateral line. The eye is a fused glass bead – some are iridescent and some are dichroic. Most of the fins are a shimmering iridescent glass.

Tiny homes, but not as you know them: architecture for the imagination

Four years ago Elizabeth Woollard’s trip to France and Italy inspired her with visions of old architecture, flaking paint, interesting doors and vibrant colours. From this fertile ground her creative outlet Tiny House was born. Why houses? Elizabeth says we often find ourselves pondering “I wonder who lives there, I wonder what they do?” She sees her tiny creations, made from recycled New Zealand timber, as big builders of the imagination.

“Starts with a drawing, ends with an object.” Short stories from Bearwood Workshop

Joe Wright of Bearwood Workshop handcrafts his beautiful wooden homewares and sculpture – all made from sustainable and recycled New Zealand native timber – from a little tractor shed in Glendhu Bay overlooking Lake Wanaka. After years of working as a designer in many different disciplines, running his own consultancy and clocking up the air miles with large corporations as clients, he decided to shed it all and go back to his roots. His days are now spent following his passion: designing and making simple, beautiful, sustainable items that will stand the test of time.