Reflections

Reflections by Laurie Collins

I guess I got into making furniture while I as teaching metal work and wood work and  Design and Technology as I was always working with students helping them make things which were functional but interesting and trying to nut out design problems. As I do no teaching now I have sort of drifted from furniture to Sculpture( note capital S) . However I do a few tables and seats every month as some of the shops and markets sell them consistently and I do enjoy doing the odd one or two as a change and a chance to use interesting recycled wood.

 I also make quite a few mirrors and most of these dont sell just by themselves but work well as part of the tables. I do orders as different people have different needs and often these are quite a challenge but it all goes in to making an interesting life.

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Furniture

butterfly seat - 2017
butterfly seat
curly rubinia table - 2017
curly rubinia table
I was tidying up my shed and some old table tops were found. 1 became this table
dog and butterfly seat - 2017 (SOLD)
dog and butterfly seat
an order for a client
donkey letterbox - 2017 (SOLD)
donkey letterbox
an order for a client
heart seat 3 - 2017
heart seat 3
J seat - 2017 (SOLD)
J seat
a reapair job for a client
junk table - 2017
junk table
I was tidying up my shed and found a few old table tops I hadnt used. This developed into this table
Kays hanging rack - 2017 (SOLD)
Kays hanging rack
An order from a client
lolly trolley - 2017
lolly trolley
an order for an ex student
m seat - 2017 (SOLD)
m seat
a repair job for a client
magpie and blue wren seat - 2017 (SOLD)
magpie and blue wren seat
an order for a client
seat - 2017
seat
seat with birds - 2017 (SOLD)
seat with birds
an order from a customer
swirl seat - 2017 (SOLD)
swirl seat
window screen - 2017 (SOLD)
window screen
an order for a client
alans big table - 2016 (SOLD)
alans big table
bird baths - 2016
bird baths
I have started doing a few birdbaths just to use rims and some of my small birds.
chaise lounge - 2016 (SOLD)
chaise lounge
an order
cm seat - 2016 (SOLD)
cm seat
an order
cross seat - 2016
cross seat
just using a piece from the pile and this is how it ended up
curl table - 2016
curl table
going to town and country gallery
extended seat - 2016 (SOLD)
extended seat
An order from a client for a longer seat
fish mirror - 2016
fish mirror
just an idea of a yin and yang fish converted to a mirror
flower chair 4 - 2016
flower chair 4
just a chair to sit in the garden
flower seat - 2016 (SOLD)
flower seat
an order for a retirement
golf club coatstand - 2016 (SOLD)
golf club coatstand
an idea using old golf clubs from the pile
halltable with curves - 2016
halltable with curves
an ordedr for Town and Country Gallery
handles - 2016 (SOLD)
handles
an order from a client
kookaburra seat - 2016 (SOLD)
kookaburra seat
an order for a client
links table - 2016
links table
going to Town and Country gallery
loongwarry community garden gates - 2016 (SOLD)
loongwarry community garden gates
was an order for the community garden at Longwarry
noughts and crosses set - 2016 (SOLD)
noughts and crosses set
an order from a client, He was buying large tiles to set in the ground and there were enough noughts and crosses to play the game( with lifters and a stand)
Rob's seat - 2016 (SOLD)
Rob's seat
a gift for a departing principal
seat and circle - 2016 (SOLD)
seat and circle
a seat for a market
seat with stone heart - 2016 (SOLD)
seat with stone heart
just an idea.. wouldn't want to dobigger stone area as it already is quite heavy
seskis seat - 2016 (SOLD)
seskis seat
spiral seat - 2016 (SOLD)
spiral seat
just a fun shape
stevies chair - 2016 (SOLD)
stevies chair
Was an order for a memorial garden
triskele seat - 2016 (SOLD)
triskele seat
saw the deign in a book on Celts and wanted to use it somewhere.
a video shelf - 2015 (SOLD)
a video shelf
an order
birdbath - 2015 (SOLD)
birdbath
hadnt done one for a while and thought it would be fun.. mosaiced inside
curve seat - 2015 (SOLD)
curve seat
This managed to get away before I photographed it
Daniis garden sign - 2015 (SOLD)
Daniis garden sign
Elaina chair - 2015 (SOLD)
Elaina chair
an order
halltable august - 2015 (SOLD)
halltable august
an order
harrow seat - 2015 (SOLD)
harrow seat
a seat I made for Rokeby market.. and sold there( used old Harrows for the back of the heart)
heart of pieces seat - 2015 (SOLD)
heart of pieces seat
I was working with this technique on some sculptures and decided to try it on the seat
Hoopers seat - 2015 (SOLD)
Hoopers seat
an order from some people who supplied the seat and the disc.
Hoopers seat 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Hoopers seat 2
leaf seat 3 - 2015 (SOLD)
leaf seat 3
an order from a client
mothers gate - 2015 (SOLD)
mothers gate
A lady I knew had just lost her mother so collected some of her gardening tools and asked for them to be made into a gate
new mail box - 2015 (Withdrawn from Sale)
new mail box
our old mailbox was becoming see through so I recycled a milk can into our new mail box
Obstetric gate 1 - 2015 (SOLD)
Obstetric gate 1
an order from a client
Obstetric Gate 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Obstetric Gate 2
an order for a client
Pond Cover - 2015 (SOLD)
Pond Cover
an order to make something to stop Ibis eating fish
pond cover with spider - 2015 (SOLD)
pond cover with spider
an order from a client
Rutherglen seat - 2015 (SOLD)
Rutherglen seat
I had an order to make a seat for Rutherglen to go around Lake King. It had to have some birds and animals that were appropriate to the area
security screen - 2015 (SOLD)
security screen
shattered heart seat - 2015 (SOLD)
shattered heart seat
just trying a technique I have used on some of my sculptures on a seat
small swirl seat - 2015 (SOLD)
small swirl seat
swirl seat 3 - 2015 (SOLD)
swirl seat 3
Table frame - 2015 (SOLD)
Table frame
an order from a client
Vicks mailbox - 2015 (SOLD)
Vicks mailbox
an order from a friend
Woodbox - 2015 (SOLD)
Woodbox
an order 
wrc seat - 2015 (SOLD)
wrc seat
an order from a school
wrc seat 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
wrc seat 2
another order from WRC
anniversary seat - 2014 (SOLD)
anniversary seat
an order from my hair dresser as an anniversary gift.. It has scissors and other items
anniversary seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
anniversary seat 2
another order for a different anniversary.. gumleaves and a heart were what was needed
bbq order - 2014 (SOLD)
bbq order
an order from a client.. very solid and an old gate used as the stand
bee seat - 2014 (SOLD)
bee seat
an order from a friend
Bills anniversary arch - 2014 (SOLD)
Bills anniversary arch
An order for an arch for an anniversary
bird and flowers seat - 2014 (SOLD)
bird and flowers seat
an order from a client
birdbath 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
birdbath 2
a friend asked for a birdbath and I had one plough disc left
birdbaths - 2014 (SOLD)
birdbaths
just a couple trying out a way to make dishes.
butterfly seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
butterfly seat 2
an order from a client to have a higher seat and back
butterfly seat 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
butterfly seat 3
an order from a friend.. to be taller in the back and seat and arms for older people
Cass's Gate - 2014 (SOLD)
Cass's Gate
This was an order from a friend...their basic design( and painting) and my interpretation.
cow seat - 2014 (SOLD)
cow seat
an order
cream separator Mail box - 2014 (SOLD)
cream separator Mail box
a man brought all the bits and all I had to do was assemble it in a way that worked
Deck infill panels - 2014 (SOLD)
Deck infill panels
a client wanted me to make some panels to fit his deck. There were 8 different panels
eagle seat - 2014 (SOLD)
eagle seat
an order for a client with lots of different materials and texture
firescreen seat - 2014 (SOLD)
firescreen seat
some one gave me an old firescreen and I made it into a seat
food for thought sculpture - 2014 (SOLD)
food for thought sculpture
This piece was a commission to do for the new Drouin Secondary College Restaurant called food for thought.The bird is made with Knives, forks and spoons on a base form
Gate designed by clients - 2014 (SOLD)
Gate designed by clients
the cliens designed this as abstract fish and I added some "waves" to stop their small toddler from getting through
horse gear seat - 2014 (SOLD)
horse gear seat
horse gear table - 2014 (SOLD)
horse gear table
a lady asked for a table two single seats and 2 bench seats
hylbert seat - 2014 (SOLD)
hylbert seat
an order from a client to remember their grandfolks
Ians wall panel - 2014 (SOLD)
Ians  wall panel
These were an order from a friend.. he wanted a gate which turned into 7 panels like this
Indy's seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Indy's seat
an order for a client.. I added a bit of indigo after the photo
judes seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
judes seat 2
an order from a friend
Kens seats( or tables) - 2014 (SOLD)
Kens seats( or tables)
I made a table for Ken a while ago and he wanted some seats to match it.. they are a bit uncomfortable so they are now small tables
kerrie seat - 2014 (SOLD)
kerrie seat
an order of a seat with no wood
Kinder furniture - 2014
Kinder furniture
an order from a kinder
kinder table and chairs 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
kinder table and chairs 2
an order from a kinder for 2 tables and 4 chairs in this form
leaf seat 1 - 2014 (SOLD)
leaf seat 1
an order for a client..found to be quite comfortable
leaf seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
leaf seat 2
Leesas seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Leesas seat
a sort of order from a client
lorikeet seat - 2014 (SOLD)
lorikeet seat
an order for a friend
Lyn's seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Lyn's seat
an order for a friend.
Magpie seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
Magpie seat 2
an order from a client as a retirement gift
magpie seat 4 - 2014 (SOLD)
magpie seat 4
more kinder furniture - 2014 (SOLD)
more kinder furniture
again a kinder asked me to make some benches and seats.. 2 benches and 4 seats... done!
Musical seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Musical seat
an order
outdoor hummingbird mirror - 2014 (SOLD)
outdoor hummingbird mirror
an order
Pat's seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Pat's seat
a birthday present from some friends with a sense of humour
Pelican seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Pelican seat
an order from some visitors to the sculpture garden
Red letter box - 2014 (SOLD)
Red letter box
an order from a customer
robyns gate - 2014 (SOLD)
robyns gate
an order from a friend
single seats - 2014 (SOLD)
single seats
part of a commission
special seat - 2014 (SOLD)
special seat
a lady called an gave me a big slab of wood from her late husband and some of his tools. this is the result
swirl seat - 2014 (SOLD)
swirl seat
swirl seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
swirl seat 2
an order from a person visiting the sculpture garden
table frame - 2014 (SOLD)
table frame
an order to suit a specific top
Trentham screen 1 - 2014 (SOLD)
Trentham screen 1
an order from a shop in Trentham
trentham screen 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
trentham screen 2
an order from a shop in Trentham
wallaby wood sign - 2014 (SOLD)
wallaby wood sign
an order from a person for a sign for their property
warragul community garden gates - 2014 (Withdrawn from Sale)
warragul community garden gates
These are a donation to the new Warragul Community garden
Alans table - 2013 (SOLD)
Alans table
A friend asked me to make a table for his wife to match the chairs they already have
belinda's stand - 2013 (SOLD)
belinda's stand
Belinda asked me to make a stand sort of tree like that would hold her sign at workshops etc.
bird seat - 2013 (SOLD)
bird seat
An order for a client
bird seat 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
bird seat 2
was an order and the person did nt like it so I did another version
Birdbath - 2013 (SOLD)
Birdbath
A lady wanted a birdbath using a plough disc and a couple of "blue wrens"
candle holder - 2013 (SOLD)
candle holder
This was an open order for a five stand candle holder of a certain size with two figures. I thought it came together quite well
damiens chair 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
damiens chair 2
I had this chair sitting in my garden .. it started life a s a students work but he left before he could finish it.. I finished it and added a bit here and there.. It is quite comfortable.. a lady saw it and asked for one to be made similar.. this is it
hall table - 2013
hall table
a piece for town and Country Gallery Yarragon
hall table 2( march) - 2013
hall table 2( march)
another piece for town and country gallery Yarragon
horse gate 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
horse gate 1
this was an order from a client
horse gate 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
horse gate 2
another part of the order for two horse gates
horse gate 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
horse gate 3
The lady I did the other two horse gates for wanted another gate as well.
Judes seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Judes seat
A friend gave me an old trampoline. I suggested she might like some of it back in the form of a seat.. This is the frame with the trampoline bits making up the front legs
Judes seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Judes seat
This was made in part from an old trampoline of one of my friends
log holder - 2013 (SOLD)
log holder
a lady asked me to make a log holder like one she had seen of certain dimensions... it seems plenty big!
march seat 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 1
I have been trying to make two seats a week for all of march..this is one of them
March seat 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
March seat 2
I have been trying to make 2 seats a week for march and this is another of them. These are bigger that what I normally make
march seat 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 3
yet another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 4 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 4
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 5 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 5
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 6 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 6
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 7 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 7
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 8 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 8
another seat for the rare plant fair
marlenes seat - 2013 (SOLD)
marlenes seat
I had an order from a friend to make a seat with a heart
Maxines seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Maxines seat
an order for a seat in a certain style
Natalias chairs - 2013 (SOLD)
Natalias chairs
a friend asked me to make copies of a type of chair she had seen overseas..I did them in my own way
Nikis seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Nikis seat
Niki had a chair in this style and wanted a bigger seat to match
phamplet rack - 2013 (SOLD)
phamplet rack
I was asked to make an interesting Phamplet rack for the Drouin Bakery Cafe. Here it is.
Reach Table - 2013
Reach Table
A lady saw my second reach sculpture lying down being painted and decided she would like such a piece as a table. This is the result.. however she hasn't come for it and it is over a year so it is up for sale.
seat order ( one of two) - 2013 (SOLD)
seat order ( one of two)
swirl seat - 2013 (SOLD)
swirl seat
I did this piece for the market and the market ate it.
bird and flowers seat - 2012 (SOLD)
bird and flowers seat
someone saw David's gates up at the Jindi Gardener and asked for a seat made in a similar style
Butterfly seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Butterfly seat
I did this piece for the Warragul rotary art show.. just playing with forms and colour
Butterfly seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
Butterfly seat 2
I did a butterfly seat for one of my friends but didnt photograph it.. someone asked for a butterfly seat separately and this is the result
Chaise Lounge - 2012 (SOLD)
Chaise Lounge
Just a piece I did for Tyers art show
Dragon fly seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Dragon fly seat
I did this as a sort of order but the person never got back to me .. I sold it at an open studio day
erica kinder seat 1 - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder seat 1
Done for an order from Erica kinder.. they wanted bananas in pajamas, t rex, an owl etc
erica kinder seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder seat 2
This is from the kid drawings the teacher sent me
erica kinder woodwork bench - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder woodwork bench
the oder included a woodwork bench
flower seat - 2012 (SOLD)
flower seat
an order for a seat with a flower
flower seat - 2012 (SOLD)
flower seat
a friend wanted a seat with a fower backing.. I did about 4 of these and sold them all until I got around to contacting her.( and photographing it)
Gate order - 2012 (SOLD)
Gate order
an order for a pair of gates.. the other one got away before I photographed it, this one I made the wrong size and had to cut it down.
horseshoe seat with rasps - 2012 (SOLD)
horseshoe seat  with rasps
This was also a sort of order but the person who ordered it hasnt seen it yet so I dont know if she approves.
horseshoe seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
horseshoe seat 2
Hug trees sign - 2012 (SOLD)
Hug trees sign
This is a house sign for a friends house.
Japanese seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Japanese seat
a lady had a Japanese style gate with these shapes and wanted a seat to match
Jindi seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Jindi seat
donated to the Jindi flower show for their auction
kens table - 2012 (SOLD)
kens table
a neighbor asked for a small table..
landscape seat - 2012 (SOLD)
landscape seat
a lady asked for a longer seat than normal with a landscape theme
leonnies Barstools - 2012 (SOLD)
leonnies Barstools
An order for a pair of barstools for a wedding.
letter seat - 2012 (SOLD)
letter seat
a lady asked for a seat to be made featuring the letter used on her friends wedding invitation
Loch avon seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Loch avon seat
a lady wanted a seat with these images
Magpie seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Magpie seat
An order for a hospital member who was leaving
modified Gate - 2012 (SOLD)
modified Gate
an order for two gates.. I only got around to photographing one... and only because I mucked up the measurements and had to cut it down
recycled bench - 2012 (Withdrawn from Sale)
recycled bench
I was given a pair of old bench ends.. they had a crack and they were poorly designed so I readjusted them by adding a steel frame and a steel brace for the crack.. It now sits in the sculpture garden as a place to rest.
Rogers Mailbox - 2012 (SOLD)
Rogers Mailbox
Roger asked me to make a mailbox for him... not sure he was expecting what he got...sort of footbally and african shield to suggest his travels.
Rose seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Rose seat
a lady wanted a seat with a rose form in the back
seat - 2012
seat
another seat with a heart
seat for Deb and Brian - 2012 (SOLD)
seat for Deb and Brian
I had an order from Deb to make a seat showing some of the things they have as part of their Garden
seat for Liz - 2012 (SOLD)
seat for Liz
I was asked to do a seat for a person retiring from parents and friends at Drouin. I had done a seat previously for another lady but this one I thought might like some thing a bit more arty.
seat5 feb - 2012 (SOLD)
seat5 feb
another seat for a market.
shelf support 1 - 2012 (SOLD)
shelf support 1
I did a pair of little figures to support a shelf as an order. This is one
Shirls seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Shirls seat
An order for a friend who was retiring.. she asked for a range of birds and australian themes..hence possum, blue wren, Kookaburra etc.
spider seat - 2012 (SOLD)
spider seat
a friend wanted a seat featuring a spider
spiral seat - 2012 (SOLD)
spiral seat
This piece has been off in a shop for a year.. no one loved it.. I like the simplicity of the design
swirl seat - 2012 (SOLD)
swirl seat
one of the seats for this year.. I liked the high back..
bronnys seat - 2011
 bronnys seat
I was asked to do a seat in a style similar to a seat that this family had already bought. It was for a 60th..
Chrissy`s mirror - 2011 (SOLD)
Chrissy`s mirror
Made this for a friends housewarming.
Guitar Seat - 2011 (SOLD)
Guitar Seat
Description to be entered by Laurie
Category: Furniture
Hall table (june ) 2 - 2011 (SOLD)
Hall table (june ) 2
I had a variety of circular forms and tried this combination
heart seat ( by 2) - 2011 (SOLD)
heart seat ( by 2)
I am starting to add colour to some of my work
Love Seat - 2011 (SOLD)
Love Seat
One of the seats made in 2011
Love Seat - 2011 (SOLD)
Love Seat
Description to be entered by Laurie
Category: Furniture
Love Seat with Horse Shoes - 2011 (SOLD)
Love Seat with Horse Shoes
Description to be entered by Laurie
Category: Furniture
Loveseat with Wave - 2011 (SOLD)
Loveseat with Wave
Description to be entered by Laurie
Category: Furniture
lucky seat - 2011 (SOLD)
lucky seat
a seat for Frances which has gone...I do like playing with heart and horseshoe forms
Mosaic seat 1 - 2011 (SOLD)
Mosaic seat 1
I did this piece for the Baw Baw Arts alliance. The mosaic panels were all made by various people and it was my job to make a seat( actually a pair) to display the panels and go around the compass rose mosaic in one of Warraguls parks.
mosaic seat 2 - 2011 (SOLD)
mosaic seat 2
I did this piece for the Baw Baw Arts alliance. The mosaic panels were all made by various people and it was my job to make a seat( actually a pair) to display the panels and go around the compass rose mosaic in one of Warraguls parks.
Picnic Tables - 2011
Picnic Tables
I had an order to make a series of picnic tables..it took quite a while and here are a some of them.
red heart seat - 2011 (SOLD)
red heart seat
This went to Tyers art show and sold there.
seat with small decoration july - 2011 (SOLD)
seat with small decoration july
another seat
seatwith horseshoes - 2011 (SOLD)
seatwith horseshoes
another of the tables
table with circle forms - 2011 (SOLD)
table with circle forms
a table with springs, and wheel forms
Tables - 2011 (SOLD)
Tables
this was an order from the Jindivick sculpture show
flower table( Nov 2010) - 2010 (SOLD)
flower table( Nov 2010)
metal flowers under the mirror
Mirror with stars - 2010 (SOLD)
Mirror with stars
This is another order. One of my ex students saw a version of it on a table at Yarragon but wanted iot bigger and without the table.
Nangara Reserve Gate - 2010 (SOLD)
Nangara Reserve Gate
I was asked to make a gate to Nangara reserve.This is a wonderful area just up the road. I did a range of animals that should be found at the reserve.
Seat ( longer) March - 2010 (SOLD)
Seat ( longer) March
At Harvest of Gippsland a lady saw the seat and ordered a bigger version.
seat april 2010 - 2010 (SOLD)
seat april 2010
yet another seat..
Table - 2010 (SOLD)
Table
This piece was requested as a table for artists to use at Farmworld. I recycled the table top but it is quite a substantial piece. I think it will stay in the shed and come out for similar events."
Tractor seat - 2010 (SOLD)
Tractor seat
I did this seat for the Farmworld stand, where a lady saw it and will pick it up soon. I thought the tractor was appropriate for farmworld.( Mind you I still have it.. and it is now in the culpture garden.
gumleaf table( 04) - 2009 (SOLD)
gumleaf table( 04)
mosaic gumleaves
Table setting - 2009
Table setting
Table Setting was made originally for the Fringe Furniture Show. The theme this year was silver and I put in two pieces. This was the first, where I used”silver ware” to make a table using the forms as decorative elements. It really has only had the one outing so I thought it would more or less fit the theme of this exhibition.It certainly provokes a story
curly mirror - 2006 (SOLD)
curly mirror
This was my first solo exhibition at the drouin butter factory.This piece was part of my exploration of different mirror forms.
mosaic mirror table( 04) - 2006 (SOLD)
mosaic mirror table( 04)
musical shelf - 2006 (SOLD)
musical shelf
this was my solo exhibition at the Old Drouin Butter factory.The “Song of Joy” was going to be a table but the first line was too long so I put it vertically
table and ball - 2006 (SOLD)
table and ball
actually 2004
table and wheel - 2006 (SOLD)
table and wheel
2004 as well