Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society Biennial Exhibition

Author: Rob Brown
Published: February March 2012
Aric Hartley
Aric Hartley

Design, execution and education play a large role in directing this dedicated group of artisans. Here is a sampling of their work that was on display during their most recent show.

Aric Hartley
Eighty Etimoe, Swiss Pear, Wenge, Baltic birch

Aric Hartley

Tom Gorman
The Ring Cherry, Figured English sycamore, Maple burl “The concept for this table evolved from seeing a ring in a jewelery store window.”

Tom Gorman

Michael Holton
Slab Table II Cherry, Limestone “I find the juxtaposition of the cherry and the stone to be to my liking. I found the technique of matching the surface of the stone to the wood to be challenging and satisfying.” Photos by Benjamin Laird

Michael Holton

Bill Maniotakis
Compact Writing Table 1st Place Black walnut, White ash “I made the prototype from ash, but wanted to ‘kick it up a notch’ by modifying the original square floating top for more visual interest.”

Bill Maniotakis

Joe VanKeulen
A Bowl of Blackberries Best Amateur/Student Birch “The piece was turned thin, so piercing would comple­ment the pyrography. On the outside, the pierc­ing itself is decorated to create the illusion of sea creatures, pre­historic and birdlike shapes.”

Joe VanKeulen

Andy Lockhart
Rockabye Rylee 2nd Place Figured maple, Jatoba, African blackwood “By dovetailing the seat com­ponents into the outside rails, there is a nice contrast, but also a great feeling of traditional strength.”

Andy Lockhart

Mike Mulvey
Curvilinear Hall Table Jatoba, Satin walnut “The design avoids com­plexity while providing visual interest.”

Mike Mulvey

John Lavoie
7 of 9 3rd Place Curly maple, Ebony “7 of 9, eight for the cli­ent and one for the maker. This was assimilated from spare parts of a chair project; seven is the designation of my favorite Borg.”

John Lavoie

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Rob is a studio furniture maker and the editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

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