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.
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.
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.
This made to order hand-carved abstract fantail sculpture from Bearwood Workshop is hand crafted from locally sourced fallen mountain beech timber that has been seasoned for three years in the workshop prior to carving. Each wooden bird is lovingly carved from a custom selected bit timber to provide its own unique grain pattern and character and perches elegantly on its own little perch.
Gracing the cover of our Christmas Catalogue this year with their elegant form, these beautiful birds by Bearwood Workshop are handcarved in Wanaka from Tasmanian Blackwood or Mountain Beech. Inspired by the korimako or New Zealand bellbird, each one is unique, with its own grain pattern and character. We think these make a stunning gift (though you may find you want to keep them for yourself).
Motueka-based sculptor Nicholas Duval-Smith makes eye-catching bronze sculptures from Oamaru stone originals. His work reflects his love of clean lines, textural contrasts, narrative, and art that can be played with. He has also recently returned to working with ceramics, producing a range of unique, personality-filled porcelain portrait brooches.
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.