Colin Fardon in his workshop with some of the hand-crafted timber pieces to be displayed at his Fardon's Fine Woodcraft exhibition at the Platypus Gallery in Casino.
Colin Fardon in his workshop with some of the hand-crafted timber pieces to be displayed at his Fardon's Fine Woodcraft exhibition at the Platypus Gallery in Casino. Jerad Williams

Wood masterpieces in solo exhibition

COLIN FARDON'S fine timber pieces would not look out of place in any major exhibition space or stately home.

But the 22-year-old craftsman always knew his first solo exhibition would be in his home town of Casino.

And there is one piece he has been told he cannot sell.

“Everything except the table I've made for mum and dad will be for sale,” he said.

Mr Fardon is on his way tobecoming a master fine timber craftsman.

Since the age of 16, he has been inspired and guided by world-renowned master craftsman Geoffrey Hannah, of Lismore.

Mr Hannah's magnificent $1.4 million Hannah Cabinet is on display at Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Fardon will exhibit 14 pieces of work, ranging from small jewellery boxes to large cabin-ets, crafted from exotic timbers such as African Zebramo, South American Peruvian walnut, English yew, Tasmanian myrtle, Eucalyptus Burl, Tasmanian Black Heart and Tasmanian sassafras.

Some of the pieces have taken up to 200 hours to complete.

Mr Fardon travelled to Europe with Mr Hannah in 2007 to study European cabinet-making from the 16th to 18th Centuries.

Due to Mr Hannah's international renown, Mr Fardon said the pair had access to someincredibly rare pieces.

“We did get to see things that were usually closed to the pub-lic,” he said. “We even had a private tour of Windsor Castle to see the Queen's collection.”

Mr Fardon said his craft gave him an enormous sense of satisfaction.

“I like the idea that you start out with a piece of timber that looks like any piece of wood and at the end you can stand back and look at something you built to last,” he said.

The exhibition, called Fardon's Fine Woodcraft, opens to the public at the Platypus Gallery on Sunday and runs until November 1.



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