This is a selection of some of our recent press.
We’re closing MAN WEEK with an introduction to a truly incredible local craftsperson.
Meet Bernard Chandley, a proper old fashioned furniture maker. From his workshop in Alphington, Melbourne, Bernard creates the kind of furniture you rarely see being made by hand any more. His traditional Windsor chairs are the kind that tend to stay in the family, handed from one generation to the next.
The March issue of Wood Review will feature the work of Melbourne bespoke furniture maker Bern Chandley. Bern has worked variously as a carpenter, joiner, set and prop builder but most recently has created a big name for himself as a maker of Windsor chairs and settees.
Bern Chandley receives the Highly Commended Award for his chair the 'Low Bow Diner' in the 2017 Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture
"The Low Bow Diner is a subtle and sophisticated interpretation of an archetype. The judges were impressed with the designer's understanding of materials and the genre to be able to create such a beautifully crafted, refined and well-proportioned chair. This chair demonstrates a dedication of practice to one archetype, and the time taken to iteratively develop the approach over many years... This chair has the soul of the handmade. The beautiful joinery and use of techniques that can only be brought out by hand make this work exceptional." - Judges comments.
Photo by Tess Kelly, styling by Tamara Maynes
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Nov/Dec 2017 Bern Chandley and his chair the 'Low Back Diner' are featured in the back cover article of Fine Woodworking Magazine U.S.A. Titled "Australian Windsor"
Article by Jonathan Binzen, photos by Lillie Thompson