RODNEY DRANSFIELD, LAMINATED BOWL, 2001
CELERY TOP PINE VENEER
100(H) x 250(D) x 272(L) mm
The bowl is inspired by the form and motion of a small wooden boat. It is made from celery top pine veneers, which have been hand cut and then laminated together to achieve its curve. Each of the individual laminates are coopered, like a wooden barrel, and the thin edges of the bowl are shaped using a small wooden spokeshave. This bowl demonstrates Rodney’s desire to create individual pieces through well resolved designs and craftsmanship.
Dransfield’s eye for unusual shapes has led him to experiment with curved and angled joints in chairs, tables and other household furniture pieces. The forms, shapes and colours found in Tasmania’s natural bushland inspire his work. The local wooden boat building traditions as well as many forms of architecture, also inform his aesthetic. As a consequence of the complexity of tapering, expanding or sloping surfaces in his work, Dransfield’s furniture pieces are not suited to industrial manufacture. Each piece must be hand-shaped by the maker.