Mildura Weekly : Friday April 25 2014 Vol 8 No 25
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 25/04/14 Being a part of the furniture • From Page 8 Jarrah trees grow on the iron and aluminium rich plains of south- western corner of Western Australia, from the ranges east of Perth down to Albany. Jarrah is slow growing, its roots reaching great depths in search of nu- trients and water. Their long, straight trunks can grow up to 40 metres tall and two metres in diameter, creat- ing beautifully coloured and grained timbers. The bark is rough with a fibrous texture, and covers the entire trunk and smallest branches. The trees do not germinate from seed, but from lignatubers, large underground swell- ings that store energy and nutrients, allowing young trees to regenerate after bushfires. Jarrah timbers generally reflect the colours of the Western Austra- lian landscape. The heartwood varies in colour from rich reds to browns, while sapwood ranges from a pale yellow to orange. The texture of the timber is moderately coarse with an even-textured grain, although some interlocked, wavy grain may feature, creating interesting fiddle-back fig- ure. As another difference, Richard points out the striking ‘fiddle-back’ feature in one of the pieces he, and the group have constructed. It gives the timber a darkened ‘ti- ger’ stripe with a wavy texture, adding to its appeal. He tells me that fiddle-back tim- ber has been used by the makers of musical instruments to increase aes- thetic appeal. There are other difference be- tween what he describes a great ex- ample of “heirloom furniture.” “These are pieces that will be handed down from generation to generation,” Richard asserts confi- dently. Each piece features a set of three drawers and two cupboard doors. And these vary greatly in colour and texture. Some of the cupboard doors, for example, have been made using solid, routed jarrah. Others have used burl timber to add another interest- ing textural twist, while another, be- longing to Allan Coveney, the ortho- dontist, has darkened glass doors. But stepping back in time a little, it is true to say this story really began in November 2012 when Richard, and retired former Wentworth Shire Council engineer Howard Clay made a trip to Western Australia, home of Eucalyptus marginata – more com- monly known by its Aboriginal name – jarrah. The timber has also been called Swan River mahogany because of the similar appearance that worked jarrah timber has to Honduras ma- hogany. Once in the Sandgroper State, the pair made their way to a jarrah saw mill, not unlike Doug Rowe’s former red gum saw mill that once flourished at Merbein. Richard and Howard se- lected a log, and watched as it was milled into lengths about 100mm thick. • Continued Page 14 • GETTING THE WOOD ON IT!: The jarrah log is milled in WA, and then packed in the container, ABOVE RIGHT, for transport to Mildura. FAR RIGHT: Orthodontist and keen woodworker Allan Coveney gets to work and RIGHT, some of the coveted burl timber that was used in the doors of some of the pieces. Hear about profound unfolding world events and how they will affect your life A talk and audio visual presentation Saturday 10 May 2014 1pm-4pm Alfred Deakin Centre Benetook Room 180-190 Deakin Avenue Mildura, Victoria Admission: $10 or donation Information: 0428 592 209 shareinternational.org.au UFO’s & ANGELS A NEW AGE DAWNS ‘Angel flying near the sun’ Photo: NASA SCAN OUR QR CODE FOR MORE INFO The Gift of Inner Peace An experiential workshop - with Lisa & Pasquo Experience a quiet mind - leading to: Lisa and Pasquo Cassetta Relaxation and meditation facilitators of 30 years experience in corporate and medical fi elds Registration: $30 Booking/Enquiries: Lisa: Mob 0410 643 083 Tel 08 8338 5642 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday 11 May 2014 _ 2pm-4:30pm Alfred Deakin Centre, Benetook Room 180-190 Deakin Avenue, Mildura, Victoria • Clearer, stronger decisions about your future • Better wellness and prosperity outcomes • Deeper, more harmonious relationships • More tranquil, more replenishing sleep - A gift through grace by angel touch.
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