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Coffee Table

2016

Side Cabinet for wifey…

2016

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Opossum Nouveau

2015

Stainless Steel, Wood and Opossum fur

Nouveau meets road kill. Nouveau metal work rules and no one cares enough to look back except for me of course :-).

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“Grrrrrr” and “Bite Me”. Road kill stools.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Materials: Opossum Fur, Totara, Forged Steel and Paint. Grrrrrr height: 670mm Bite Me height: 580mm. Dogs and Opossums. I grew up with a hunting and fishing Dad. He was also apart time opossum trapper and not adverse to stopping and picking up road kill, bless him. One of his dogs over the years was “Brick ” the bestest opossum slayer ever. I did not consciously set out to evoke these past memories of my childhood. But Its cool how they have surfaced……….. So bite me argh arrgh arrrgh. Hey, easy tiger!

 

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……………………

 

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“Bite Me” foot rest detail

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“Grrrrr” foot rest detail.

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Spot

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Twisted Side Table. Matai and forged 30mm square bar.

 

Nudibranch Recliner I’d been keeping an eye out for Hokitika’s Take a Seat competition. I thought it would be a good idea for me to enter. I was lucky enough to get into the final five in 2007. My subsequent marquette won! The idea was the third in my series of objects that celebrate things found under microscopes or from the deep marine. The Nudibranch, pronounced “nudibrank”, is a very small and colourful sea slug found in New Zealand waters. I wanted to make the piece on site. To use local materials. Also it was a great opportunity for the family to have a holiday on the West Coast. So I set about tracking down a suitable log over the phone with an ex-saw miller called Noel. Yep, he reckons there could be a suitable macrocarpa log in a cocky’s paddock just south of the small town of Ross. Sweet! The log turned out to be a beauty. The farmer was happy to donate it and with Noel’s extraction expertise and free transport from a local gold mining company, the carving could commence. I have to say here that my family and I fell in love with ‘Hoki’, as the locals call it. The people are generous and the land still has a palpable free and wild spirit. The funding was partly provided by Montieths Brewery and partly by the Olsin family who have ancestral roots in the area. So to celebrate their history in Hokitika, they have the Nudibranch Recliner. A few locals came to say hello while I was carving, but most came to the opening. I was expecting a bit of flack for such an abstract object to celebrate one of their forefathers. But on the whole they thought it was great fun. A fine example of the Hokitika spirit!

Nudibranch Recliner
I’d been keeping an eye out for Hokitika’s Take a Seat competition. I thought it would be a good idea for me to enter. I was lucky enough to get into the final five in 2007. My subsequent marquette won!
The idea was the third in my series of objects that celebrate things found under microscopes or from the deep marine. The Nudibranch, pronounced “nudibrank”, is a very small and colourful sea slug found in New Zealand waters.
I wanted to make the piece on site. To use local materials. Also it was a great opportunity for the family to have a holiday on the West Coast. So I set about tracking down a suitable log over the phone with an ex-saw miller called Noel. Yep, he reckons there could be a suitable macrocarpa log in a cocky’s paddock just south of the small town of Ross. Sweet!
The log turned out to be a beauty. The farmer was happy to donate it and with Noel’s extraction expertise and free transport from a local gold mining company, the carving could commence. I have to say here that my family and I fell in love with ‘Hoki’, as the locals call it. The people are generous and the land still has a palpable free and wild spirit.
The funding was partly provided by Montieths Brewery and partly by the Olsin family who have ancestral roots in the area. So to celebrate their history in Hokitika, they have the Nudibranch Recliner. A few locals came to say hello while I was carving, but most came to the opening. I was expecting a bit of flack for such an abstract object to celebrate one of their forefathers. But on the whole they thought it was great fun. A fine example of the Hokitika spirit!

 

Nudibranch Recliner

Nudibranch Recliner

Nudibranch side table It’s often the way, you do one and low and behold another pops out!

Nudibranch side table
It’s often the way, you do one and low and behold another pops out!

nudibranch side table

Nudibranch side table

Koro's Korokoros (Grandfathers Toes) I’ve come for your toes Your fat juicy toes Splashing in my surf Boogie boarding down my waves Digging in my sand and stealing my tuatuas Did you ask? Did you ask? I thought not So you must pay a toll and that will be your toes Your fat juicy toes How many do you have? There looks a lot to me You don’t need them all and they’re a tasty snack for tea I’ve come for your toes Your fat juicy little toes The young ones are far harder to detach then the old below bandy knee But young or old you must pay the fee One quick snip and you can swim in my sea for free I’ve come for your toes Your fat juicy toes

Koro’s Korokoros
(Grandfathers Toes)
I’ve come for your toes
Your fat juicy toes
Splashing in my surf
Boogie boarding down my waves
Digging in my sand and stealing my tuatuas
Did you ask? Did you ask? I thought not
So you must pay a toll and that will be your toes
Your fat juicy toes
How many do you have? There looks a lot to me
You don’t need them all and they’re a tasty snack for tea
I’ve come for your toes
Your fat juicy little toes
The young ones are far harder to detach then the old below bandy knee
But young or old you must pay the fee
One quick snip and you can swim in my sea for free
I’ve come for your toes
Your fat juicy toes

Western Heights shopping centre seats Western Heights Shopping Centre was being revamped and as a percentage of Rotorua’s public works funding is allocated to artistic endeavor, I was commissioned to create seating and barrier railings. An injection of aesthetic pride! I’m very pleased with the result and while I don’t need to go into the making or design elements of the project, I will share two points. The first a happy accident; the cast concrete seat bases have areas that look like volcanic scoria as the concrete was not patted down into the moulds sufficiently. I remember the concrete contractors disapproving frown as he was concreting them in: “Hmm what’s this cowboy up to”. Secondly, I do enjoy the large staples I have used to secure the macrocarpa seats to the bases. A bit of ‘number eight wire’ thinking.

Western Heights shopping centre seats
Western Heights Shopping Centre was being revamped and as a percentage of Rotorua’s public works funding is allocated to artistic endeavor, I was commissioned to create seating and barrier railings. An injection of aesthetic pride!
I’m very pleased with the result and while I don’t need to go into the making or design elements of the project, I will share two points. The first a happy accident; the cast concrete seat bases have areas that look like volcanic scoria as the concrete was not patted down into the moulds sufficiently. I remember the concrete contractors disapproving frown as he was concreting them in: “Hmm what’s this cowboy up to”. Secondly, I do enjoy the large staples I have used to secure the macrocarpa seats to the bases. A bit of ‘number eight wire’ thinking.

Western Heights Shopping Centre Seats (Detail)

Western Heights Shopping Centre Seats (Detail)

Wester Heights Shopping Centre Seats (Detail)

Wester Heights Shopping Centre Seats (Detail)

Ladybird Stool

Ladybird Stool

Egg Timer Stool

Egg Timer Stool

Duck Cabinets These bedside cabinets were designed for friends who live lake side. The timber is Rewarewa or Honeysuckle with forged steel ducks feet. I wanted to celebrate the comic nature of ducks feet in contrast with the elegant curves of the ducks body.

Duck Cabinets
These bedside cabinets were designed for friends who live lake side. The timber is Rewarewa or Honeysuckle with forged steel ducks feet.
I wanted to celebrate the comic nature of ducks feet in contrast with the elegant curves of the ducks body.

Duck Cabinets

Duck Cabinets

Octopus Occasional Table Sea Theme Furniture Snorkeling in Aotearoa is beautiful but borders on the feral and unpredictable. Unlike its tropical cousin, there’s no warm water and brightly coloured fish and corral. The wetsuit clings tight and there is a feeling of compression as the swell swishes you and the sea weed back and forth, back and forth. The motion reveals, hides, reveals and hides. The colours become richer as I adjust to this strange new world. The pink gets me every time, oh the glorious sea pink! Then there’s the sensual bull kelp, and diving for fat mussels off Maketu Point in poor visibility as a stingray lazily glides past my face. The whole environment thrills with life’s potential. It blows me away, my sense’s spin. I am alive, fear and joy collide. To celebrate this underwater world, I find myself going in over the top. Sea creatures hide or scuttle over stone. Metal swirls and salvage marine timber is the order of the day.

Octopus Occasional Table
Sea Theme Furniture
Snorkeling in Aotearoa is beautiful but borders on the feral and unpredictable. Unlike its tropical cousin, there’s no warm water and brightly coloured fish and corral.
The wetsuit clings tight and there is a feeling of compression as the swell swishes you and the sea weed back and forth, back and forth. The motion reveals, hides, reveals and hides. The colours become richer as I adjust to this strange new world. The pink gets me every time, oh the glorious sea pink! Then there’s the sensual bull kelp, and diving for fat mussels off Maketu Point in poor visibility as a stingray lazily glides past my face. The whole environment thrills with life’s potential. It blows me away, my sense’s spin. I am alive, fear and joy collide.
To celebrate this underwater world, I find myself going in over the top. Sea creatures hide or scuttle over stone. Metal swirls and salvage marine timber is the order of the day.

Octopus Occasional Table

Octopus Occasional Table

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