BRIAN FALKENBERG – WHIRLWOOD TURNING
Brian Falkenberg began wood turning 20 years ago. He undertook a two-year apprenticeship with a professional turner and has been producing wood turned articles for 18 years.
He has always loved wood as a natural element which exhibits unusual and spectacular properties. Brian utilizes these attributes in many and varied shapes and forms both of practical and ornamental use.
Native timbers are his favorites from the ubiquitous river red gum to the renowned Tasmanian huon pine. Brian also enjoys using a solution of rusty nails and vinegar to ebonise some aspects of his articles. Brian’s work ranges from large platters and urns to finely crafted lidded containers.
Brian’s lidded containers epitomize the fine detailed work of both hollowed vessels and accentuated finials. The smooth flowing shapes and delicate lids are the hallmark of Brian’s craftsmanship.
Brian’s work has been exhibited at the Stoneycreek Gallery in Daylesford, Art on Piper in Kyneton and at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery near Canberra.
In the 2018 Australian Woodturning Exhibition, Brian won the Best Acacia Intermediate Section with a figured blackwood vase.
FIGURED BLACKWOOD VASE – Crafted from blackwood found near Hanging Rock Victoria. The wood was cut from the fork of a fallen tree and the grain is highly figured of chocolate brown colour. The vase is 250 mm high and 70 mm in diameter. It was sanded to 1000 grit and finished with four coats of danish oil.