DAVID RALPH, BUSH CHAIR, C. 1970
970(H) x 560(W) x 480(D) mm Gift of Prof Geoff Parr, 1995
The Bush Chair is made using a traditional peg-and-post construction, in which the ends of the legs and arms are whittled down into a peg and slotted into the seat, back and each other. The Chair has no nails, screws, metal pins or any conventional joining device.
David Ralph graduated as a mining engineer at the University of New South Wales before moving to Tasmania where in 1975 he began his career as a woodworker, until his retirement in 2002. He produced furniture in horizontal timber as well as turned bowls and canisters in Huon Pine. David has an interest in historic furniture, which is evident in his work, which also embodies a sense of the natural environment.
Born: 1946, NSW, Australia
Training: Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales, 1970
Represented: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra