21 March - 4 May

The Art of Making presents finely crafted and intelligently designed works in wood.

The exhibition, produced and presented by Australian Design Centre, celebrates this craft form by highlighting a selection of work by designer makers who are members of Studio Woodworkers Australia.

Each exhibitor demonstrates their commitment to an age-old craft, bringing a contemporary design aesthetic and using innovative construction techniques. Their pieces exemplify technical skill in refined proportions that show respect for well chosen material and the many hours invested in the making.

A third-generation wood worker, Phoebe Everill’s philosophy is to pay respect to the tree by utilising the wood wisely and respectfully. The result is work that celebrates the unique character of timbers in contemporary and thoughtfully functional designs. This commitment is evident in all the work, rising above fleeting trends.

Australian Design Centre, in its 60th anniversary year, looks to a future that embraces the unique, the authentic and the enduring qualities of good design and handcrafted work made to last for many generations to come.

Designer makers are Rolf Barfoed, Ian Bell, Richard Coles, Phoebe Everill, Lou Harriss, Gray Hawk, Alby Johnston, Tony Kenway, William Matthysen, Eliza Maunsell, David Muston, Darren Oates, Nick Pedulla, Ruth Thompson, David Upfill-Brown, Grant Vaughan, Warwick Wright and Peter Young.

Studio Woodworkers Australia acknowledges the support of Australian Wood Review.

The Art of Making was first presented at Australian Design Centre in 2022. Visit that exhibition page here.


Many of the works in this exhibition are available for purchase. If you are interested please contact the Centre on 02 93614555 or enquire at the desk. 

Please view the exhibition catalogue here.


Artist Talks: The Art of Making in Wood
Join the artists for a conversation about their work, techniques and process.
When: Saturday 23 March, 11.30-12.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required, RSVP here

Free Exhibition Tours
Take a free exhibition tour with the team.
Find out what's on here
Tour times:
Thursdays, 12.30pm
Book here or call on us on 9361 4555. 

Download the complete Media Release for Art of Making here.

Rolf Barfoed

Rule Drawer Unit 2, 2024


Ian Bell

Seedling, 2023

$3,000 - SOLD

Richard Coles

Shelving, 2024

Phoebe Everill

Hannah Stool, 2024
$1,250 each

Lou Harriss

Swift Side Table, 2024

$2,300 - SOLD

Gray Hawk

Black and Tan Kanga, 2024

Alby Johnston

Undula, 2022

Tony Kenway

Cunji Dining Table and Chairs, 2023

Will Matthysen

Clock 209, 2023

Eliza Maunsell

Flower, 2022
Timbre, 2023
Hue, 2023
$6,500 each

David Muston

Criss-cross day bed, 2023

Criss-cross coffee table/bench, 2024

Darren Oates

Omega Hall Table, 2023
$3,460 - SOLD

Nick Pedulla

Vigne Bench, 2022

Ruth Thompson

Searush #1, 2024

Searush #2, 2024

David Upfill-Brown

Remnant - Tor Born, 2023

Grant Vaughan

Resonance, 2024

Warwick Wright

Kumico Cabinet, 2024

Peter Young

Drinks Cabinet, 2022

Abstract Marquetry Pieces, 2022 – 2023
Small $400 (1 of 2 SOLD)
Large $650

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