GARRICK BLUE – ARTIST STATEMENT
My passion for woodcraft began, unexpectedly, back in 1995. I had just retired from thirty three years in the Banking industry and together with my wife Annie, was exploring the South West corner of West Australia as part of an around Australia caravan trip.
I doubt that any visitor to the South West would fail to be impressed, even moved by the sight of the mighty Karri, Tingle and Jarrah forests that occur throughout this area. This fascination became even more intense with a number of visits to local woodwork galleries and conversations with some of the area’s best wood workers.
By the time we returned to our home in Sydney I knew what I wanted to do in “retirement”.
With encouragement from family, local galleries and particularly my woodwork teacher, my hobby soon became a business; that of crafting fine wooden boxes.
Predicably, the majority of my work utilises Australian native timbers which continues to be popular with overseas visitors as well as locals visiting our top woodwork galleries.
I am proud to say my inlaid boxes can be found in a number of these including:- Bungendore Woodworks, Tilba Woodturning, Fox’s Woodwork Bathurst and Boranup Gallery.
Each of my pieces is unique whether it has been designed to hold jewellery, games, business or household accessories or specific items such as coins or medals. My Humidors are also made to the client’s individual specifications.
Among my more notable commissions have been items presented to:~
Premier of South Aust from the Aust. Wine Industry
Visiting Japanese Industry leaders
International Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Visiting Chinese Consular Delegation
Canadian Forces Delegation
I have also been fortunate to receive a number of awards for inlaid boxes entered for competition in Sydney’s Royal Agricultural shows.Close Bio