Laura McCusker is a furniture designer and maker who is never happier than when she’s in her workshop, transforming rough timber into beautifully finished furniture pieces. Working from a converted apple-packing shed in Hobart alongside her husband, she has embraced the beauty of local timbers like Mountain Ash and Stringybark, crafting works that hold a deep connection to place. Authenticity of materials is vital to Laura, who combines traditional woodworking skills learnt at Sturt School for Wood in New South Wales with contemporary cutting-edge design.

There’s not very many jobs in which you get to fire on all aspects of what it means to be human. I get to be physically active, analytical and academic, and I get to collaborate and interact with people. I get to be a complete human being.

For Obsessed: Compelled to make, Laura McCusker’s work includes one round table, titled Short Black.

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Photos: Peter Whyte

Filmmaker: Angus Lee Forbes