Category: 7. Indigenous Timber Showcase Award
Indigenous Timber Showcase Award: The use of indigenous timber in a manner that best highlights its unique characteristics. This category is open to entries from across the spectrum of timber usage from furniture to buildings, facilities to objet's d'art.
The creation of a furniture piece requires consideration of fabrication methods and innovation, and through a hefty design process I have endeavoured to create a sleek and curved form for a rocking chair. This deviates from the traditional rigid image of a rocking chair, and allows it to be appropriated to fit within a contemporary living space. Being a university project, time and cost efficiency were major factors in achieving a successful outcome, which is why plywood was chosen as my main material. It was useable with the technology that was available to me (CNC routing) and satisfied my requirement for simple assembly methods. It was a beneficial material for my design as it helped to hide the individual layers and the joining of each piece that was part of my fabrication process. Plywood was also the most cost effective material as I could lay out the design for the CNC router with minimal material waste. Being my first timber project, this was a huge learning experience of technology and the materials available, and how both could be best utilised to their advantages in the process of creating a piece of furniture.