Ian Thwaites

  • Furniture
  • Upcycling
  • Woodwork

I am very honoured and grateful to work with wood, always finding fascination with its unique aesthetic and textural qualities revealed in this transformational process.

Studio Details

Ian Thwaites "Woodworks"
14 Yates Road

Opening Hours

  • Sat 7 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 8 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 11 SeptClosed
  • Thu 12 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 13 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 18 SeptClosed
  • Thu 19 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 20 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 22 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)

I am a semi-retired teacher of woodworking and furniture design, with students aged from 12 to 79 years, and have a degree in Industrial Arts and have been exploring my artistic side since I first began studying in 1980. Over the years I have completed many studio furniture commissions and continue to explore in that area. I have always been drawn back to the wood lathe, as a means to shape wood and bring to fruition my ideas for functional and sculptural objects.
I have been enthusiastically exploring the possibilities of the lathe and revealing the inner secrets of both local and other sourced timbers using a blend of traditional and innovative techniques. I believe I have been producing an eclectic range of strikingly beautiful and sometimes quirky pieces of work. Functionality is not high on my design fundamentals list. Aesthetic value and clever use of both the lathe and the raw material to produce pieces to be treasured and appreciated is my main commitment when designing.
A pivotal moment in my development as an artist was reading a book called the “Purpose of the Object” by a Canadian designer/maker named Steven Hogbin. He was cutting and segmenting his turned work and re-assembling to produce some very different pieces, conjuring images of movement and intriguing the viewer to wonder how? My take on his cut and re assembled technique was to create boats by removing a wedge section from a textured bowl to create a sweeping curvilinear formed hull. I have always loved this “Tumble Home” yacht hull profile with its curvaceous and billowy form. I think, that within all of us, there is a sense of wonderment when seeing a boat sail purposefully out to sea. The image raising several question: Who is on board? Where are they going? What is their cargo? Where have they been?
The transference of this intrigue has led me to use my boats as an extended metaphor to make statements and observations on many topics: Global Financial crisis, vanity, global warming international politics, human nature or just to stimulate the human predilection with sailing away to another life place or reality!
I have always had an interest in the environment and making the most of products, resources and materials. Over the last few years I have been creating some 2 and 3D sculptures from treasures found along our coast. From Driftwood birdhouses to box frame compositions of some of the plastic waste landed on our shores.