JointWorks Wardrobe Installed

Wardrobe – Rimu Standalone

Over the last few months, I have not been writing much here, or seemingly doing much at all.  Actually life has been quite hectic, and out of the clouds of sawdust has emerged this wardrobe.  This was a commissioned piece by a very patient customer, who wanted to have something unique and interesting, which would be a family heirloom as well.  Hence the interesting design of the wardrobe.

Wardrobe Timber

The timber used in this piece has its own story.  The carcass of the wardrobe is made from customer supplied Rimu timber, that was recycled from a garage renovation.  The darker coloured timber is also Rimu, but this was milled from a log that had washed up against a road bridge, from Te Waikoropupū Springs . the darker look is caused by soaking in the river for a good many years.  The front tongue in groove was recovered from homes around Nelson.  The poplar back panels, were also off cuts from some ones home panelling.

The wardrobe doors have a curved centre mullion, which caused considerable headaches as I went to fit it.  On the outside of the carcass the integral legs, reflect the buttress of a tree with their gentle outward slope.  The curves are taken a little further with the top architrave having a subtle curve as well.  The observant amongst you will notice that the handle changed from the original small version to a far more organic one once installed.  This recycled handle was offered as a choice and chosen as it simply looked a better fit for the wardrobe.

Inside is the brass rail for the clothes hangers.  This is held up but holders in the shape of leaves.  These leaves are made of both dark and light rimu, and look superb against the brass rail.  The back of the wardrobe is panelled in poplar.  The white of the poplar will help make the inside of the wardrobe feel brighter and lighter.

The piece was delivered today, and had looks simply fantastic in place.  The customer was very happy as well, which is the ultimate goal.


Catch up – long overdue

It has been such a long time since I last wrote – where to begin!! There has been plenty of wood working and weaving projects completed over winter. But now spring is definitely in the air and I thought I would share with you what’s been happening – three things in particular.

Tasman Sculpture. This has been a project involving a lot of effort on the part of several artists and craftsman in the Tasman area. Fundraising had to be done and it has taken two years to complete. Last week was the opening of this nine meter high sculpture. Which is made of stainless steel with native bird cut outs. The sculpture I think even though it sounds large it seems to appear to fit into the landscape and enhance it. Early on the morning of the opening which was to be speeches and then BBQ – quite an event! Tony noticed that there appeared to be flags flying on the top of it. But as he got closer he realised that someone had placed road cones on the top. Hmm… after thinking that it must have been quite a logistic feat!! thought they had to come down which he managed to do. Makes for quite a story.Tasman Gateway Sculpture

Ruby Coast Arts 2015-16 trail map. This has just been published which is a colourful and easy to follow map of the artists in our area and there are a few new members from last year. It also contains the dates for the two art trails that are held each year. I always feel quite proud when I hand them out to people showing them what the area has to offer.

Arts Trail 2015

Nelson Art Expo 2015. This is on Labour weekend which is only a week away. A lot of work that Tony and I have been doing recently has been for this event. There is going to be around 170 artists displaying their work and a lot of them will be there ready to chat about  their inspirations and processes. Hopefully we will get some images up of how it all looks. It will be an exciting busy weekend as we will also still have our studio open. Tony and I will be alternating between the two places hopefully we will be able to catch up in the middle.

Selection of Jane’s work

Selection of Tony’s work


WHR Bench

WHR Exhibition

Over the last year I have ben privileged to have been part of the Whole House Reuse Project (WHR project).  this project was started a few years ago as a result of the Christchurch Earthquakes, and the subsequent demolition of 1000s of home, often with little or no recycling.  The Whole House Reuse Project concept was to demolish a families home, but keep all parts from the demolition.  Then all the parts were given to artists around New Zealand to create something from.

The project is coming to a close, and has an exhibition at the Canterbury museum, from 5 June 2015 to 23 August 2015.

There has been a good amount of media coverage including this clip on Stuff.  The New Zealand Herald had this article which shows some of the materials.


With the Whole House Reuse project, all the materials are recycled. Read about the materials in this post

Bench Seat

The bench seat was the first project I had in mind, when considering the materials.  There were a number of lengths of weatherboard, mostly quite short that needed an interesting new life.  I enjoy making benches, so wanted to use these for the bench.  But instead of having the weatherboard running the length of the seat, I decided to run them across the width.

See the process of making the seat here

Bench Seat Result

Shown here is the Bench seat when completed.

WHR Bench Seat


Please support the project by getting along and seeing the exhibition.