Nestled deep within a hidden valley in Tasmania awaits a simple timber chair making studio.
A unique place of inspiration, conversation and shared experience.
A workspace that seamlessly melds old and new, paying homage to rich traditions.
A cabin that forges friendships and celebrates creativity.
Why? Because handmade matters.
I couldn’t be happier with how the chair turned out. Jon and I spent the whole week talking and getting to know each other – which was just as enjoyable – and by the end of the process I had a marvellous chair to take with me. Jon has a fantastic teaching style and I can honestly say that I feel like a part of me has changed. He’s left me rearranging my life to make more time for Windsor chair making. Jon has carefully and deliberately created a truly a special experience that is challenging yet extremely rewarding and inspiring.
I’m still in the afterglow of the glorious week we spent working on the chair. Jon, you have created a powerful space for learning, inspiration and connection to an age old craft. I have come away feeling so much richer for experiencing it. Jon, the chair sits proudly in my living room and reminds me of the joyful time we had and the rich historical narrative that I am, in some small way, now a part of.
I was introduced to Jon with a one on one open chair making tuition, a gift from my family for a significant birthday. I now look at timber more creatively and seek a more personal connection with the concepts of handmade. My project with Jon involved much more than a chair. Jon encouraged a deeper appreciation of chair design and evolution, enabling a personal connection with the timber that I split from a handpicked tree in my forest. Jon has ignited a much stronger and sustaining passion for the craft a chair making.
Right from the beginning of the class I warmed to Jon’s inclusive teaching style and his obvious love for Windsor Chairs, but more importantly his love for the use of the various hand tools involved in the process. Making a Windsor Chair for the first time could be a daunting task, but Jon’s knowledge and his supportive teaching style ensured that each participant progressed at their own pace and skill level. Jon has become a chair making mentor to me and his love of the craft is infectious.
I have long been intrigued by Jon’s craft and admired his passion for traditional chair making. My day spent making a small milking stool was nothing short of fantastic. Having absolutely no experience in woodworking, I was delighted to bring home a functional piece of handmade furniture.
My daughter and I spent the day together with Jon, each of us working on our own small stool. Jon provided an enriching experience. His skill and knowledge is second to none. Not only did we enjoy the time working collaboratively together producing our pieces, but we thoroughly enjoyed all of Jon’s stories along the way. He is a champion of local Tasmanian culture.