Week 10 - 30 January 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The best way I can share my enjoyment of the workshops at Rycotewood Furniture Centre is to show you some sneak previews of the creativity unfolding around me. These are pieces of work created by students on the BA and Foundation Degree in Furniture Design & Make, and they will be displayed at our end of year summer show from 18 – 23 June 2012, so please keep that date in mind.
This last piece is the work Michael Sewell who has been working with banana veneer made from the waste trunks of the banana industry. This is 100% environmentally friendly and there are four different varieties to buy from wood veneer merchants, Mundy Veneer. Michael chose a variety from the Bahamas due to its pattern and contrast with ash veneer, and says: "It’s a fibrous material that’s a bit difficult to work with due to how thin it is (0.3mm) but the outcome far outweighs this and I’m very happy with the final results."
Tom Parfitt, a fellow second year student, gained an apprenticeship with Benchmark Workshop at the age of 18 and has produced this excellent chair made from walnut and oak. He plans to a make a further three chairs to complete a set.
First year students on the Foundation Degree in Furniture Design & Make have also been reaching completion on their projects with their introduction to the design process of a series of models based on the theme of "organic".
And I"ll finish some photos of Alex Cload, perfecting his steam-bending skills with the help of fellow students.
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