Major Prize Winners 2015 Exhibition
Well The 2015 Australian Woodturning Exhibition, which ran from 5-7th June at the Waratah Rooms, Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading, is over. And what a show. Our exhibitors excelled themselves this year and the buzz around the exhibition hall was that this has truly become an art show – creativity abounded!!! We had the most exhibits, the most visitors and the most sales. What a tribute to the exhibitors and to Ray Dennis, our outgoing Chairman.
The best of show was deservedly won by Jim McChonnachie, from Queensland, who produced an amazing laminated/built up. The precision and workmanship was out of this world and created much interest and desire to know just how he managed to create such perfection.
The lidded container that won the Peter Robson Award, was a stunning turned and carved container, which had an oriental feel. Alan McIndoe, certainly excelled himself here.
Robert Chaplin from Queensland, who previously lived in New Zealand and with his vast knowledge of the wood of both countries, won the Best Intermediate with a Novelty Item “an abstract representation of Waltzing Matilda”. The delicacy of his work is absolutely tremendous.
The Best Novice was won by Hugh MacKay, with an outstanding bowl that was reminiscent of the art nouveau era with sweeping curves and lines. Just magical.
The Acacia Awards were won by:
Tim Hutson, with a spindle turned item “Wine Goblet” in the Novice section,
Allan Way with a skirted bowl up to 200mm in the Intermediate Section and
Stephen Hughes with a really sleek vase in the Open Section.
Ian Brown won the Best Eucalypt Award in the Novice for two items, which both received the same awards for an Item with a Natural Edge.
An outstanding miniature by Donal Kelman won the Intermediate Prize and
the Best Eucalypt in the Open Section went to Dennis Donnelly.
The Students this year provided some outstanding pieces. Under the tutorage of Stephen Hughes at the Hailebury School, we would expect nothing else!!
The first prize was won by Annabelle Armstrong with paper thin hollowed out ball, which opened. This item generated a lot of interest and no one could believe it had been produced by a student. Well done Annabelle. In fact, well done all the students. We hope that this is the beginning of a long life career/hobby in woodturning. You all certainly have the talent to become master turners!!
At the same time as the opening of the show we launched our new website www.awtex.com.au. This has been well received both here and across the world. Our associated social media has been a real hit with well over 1000 hits in 3 days. We hope this new website will become a reference tool for all wood turners with feature articles, blogs, links to clubs around the country and Facebook messages, tweets and photos on Instagram and Pinterest. We would encourage all turners to submit articles for publication.
The quality of work for 2015 was outstanding; the creativity raised the bar for all turners. So what next??? Well just watch this space to see what will be created for 2016.
Professional Photography courtesy of Eastern Suburbs Photographic Society