Aug
09
2011

Intricate furniture on show in Hobart

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Intricately-crafted furniture made from reclaimed Tasmanian wood is now on show in Hobart.

Eco-friendly designs from young Tassie furniture designers and craftsmen Zach Stonstegaard and Duncan Meerding are on show at 146 ArtSpace on Elizabeth Street in Hobart until August 19 and feature a range of local woods.

Both artists utilise salvaged materials – the logs, which have naturally-occurring splits, would otherwise be considered as waste from commercial timber harvesting.

Among the incredible designs on show are a set of unique cabinets created by Stonstegaard out of recycled Tasmanian eucalypt and salvaged blackwood native to the island state.

Meanwhile, Meerding's Cracked Logs series utilises 'flawed' timber in his fascinating lamps.

The pair, the Mercury reports, created their collection over the past year as part of their 12-month Springboard Scholarship residency with Designed Objects Tasmania.

The island state is home to a number of fascinating woods that are ideal for crafting unique furniture.

Blackwood is favoured for joinery, lamination, feature panelling and furniture and can be found throughout the swamps of north-west Tasmania.

For more than 100 years, the wood has been harvested here – and an estimated 8,000 hectares of land has been set aside here for sustainable blackwood production.

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