General Projects

Lighthouse LampThis is my original light house lamp. I made a number. The blank from which it is turned has been made from countless Jarrah segments held together with Aquadhere a cross linked PVA glue. The process involves making a single layer of wood by gluing 8 pieces that have been cut at 22.5 degrees to form a circle. Clamping is achieved by winding a piece of brickies twine around the pieces to hold them together and tightening it to allow the glue to set. The layers are then glued on top up each other to create a blank which is then turned between centers. I have done quite a lot of this type of work. After more than 15 years the segments have not moved. I cut the glass myself. It has a slightly yellowish tint. I use a low energy bulb to reduce heat but it has not been an issue. It is 800mm high by 240mm at it its widest point and I use it every night.
Coach LightCoach light with low energy globe. Jarrah.
MirrorAdjustable mirror. Timbers are Jarrah and Carob
rocking chairMy first rocking chair. This is made of Jarrah but is now painted and sits on our front porch.
Windso rRocking ChairWindsor combed back rocking chair. I do not normally use somebody else’s design but in the case of this chair, the Wizardry collection and my first wooden geared clock it was something I had to do. In this case the book failed to mention that the back legs really needed to be shorter than the front otherwise you feel as if you are falling out of the chair. So I had to do some remodelling. I first saw what is called a Windsor comb backed rocking chair in a Gallery in Southern New South Wales in the mid-90s. The price was $1500 which I thought was excessive. However, after making my first chair I decided it was cheap. Timber is Jarrah but I have painted it because it sits on my front porch. .
Windsor Rocking ChairClose up.
Plant StandPlant stand. Base and post are Jarrah. The top is segmented Jarrah with a Carob band and the top under the glass lid has been inlayed.
Lamp BaseLamp base. Segmented Jarrah and pine.
Framed MirrorWooden framed mirror. Jarrah segments. 24 inch diameter. First prize advanced. After this competition I was moved to Masters but only competed in that once. By now I was starting to lose my enthusiasm for competitions which had served their purpose. Wooden framed mirror. Jarrah segments. 24 inch diameter. First prize advanced. After this competition I was moved to Masters but only competed in that once. By now I was starting to lose my enthusiasm for competitions which had served their purpose.
Lamps Carob JarrahCarob and Jarrah lamps
Lamp CabinetLamp on boxed cabinet. Jarrah
Lighthouse Lamp Jarrah SegmentsLighthouse lamp. All Jarrah segments apart from the posts in the shade. Gold leaf feature.
Lamp Jarrah SegmentsLamp. Made entirely of Jarrah segments which includes the shade. It is a feature of this lamp that it directs light upwards and downwards and can be used as a reading lamp while also acting as a targeted light source for a feature on the wall. It sits next to my favourite chair and is used every night. Once again the glue is Aquadhere. You often find that there can be a problem with what I call glue creep with this sort of work. The glue can sometimes sit slightly proud at the joins between the layers of segments. My approach is to wait twelve months then sand the excess glue off and re-finish. The problem does not return.
Green Lightlhouse LampLighthouse lamp. Made from Jarrah segments with Jarrah posts in the lamp shade itself to secure the glass which I cut myself. It has gold leaf features. It has a solid and very heavy Jarrah base for stability.