Twelve of Holmesglen's furnishing students have been given the opportunity to create two pieces of furniture, from pieces of timber sourced from a felled
tree at Government House Victoria.
The tree was one of the original plantings by William Guilfoyle, who laid out the Government House gardens during the early 1870’s.
Like all living things, the tree’s life came to an end in 2013 and it was felled for safety purposes, leaving in its legacy a natural resource of high
quality timber. The Governor of Victoria at the time, Alex Chernov AC, QC, recognised its value and sought a worthwhile use of the resource.
Michael Hartman, ForestWorks CEO, said initiatives like this are fantastic for supporting the skills development of Victoria’s future furniture designers,
as well as demonstrating the uniquely sustainable array of products our industry offers.
“What better use could this timber provide than to be used as a resource to train Victoria’s next generation of timber and wood workers and designers?”
“It is an example of how one tree can be recycled, reused and redistributed in an eco-friendly and community minded way.”
“Our communities have plenty of trees for projects like this across Australia, we just need our communities to value wood and see in trees a future
beyond its old age,” Hartman said.
The recovered timber was transported to the Timber Training Centre in Creswick where it was milled, dried and graded by students as part of their skill
development, to enable it to be passed on to joinery and cabinet making students for furniture making.
The culmination of this two year project managed by ForestWorks, to support the skills development of Victoria’s next generation of timber and wood
workers and designers, resulted in an acclaimed awards ceremony at Government House Victoria last month.
Earlier this year the Higher Education Skills Group (HESG) approached the Victorian Furnishing Industry Training Advisory Committee (FurnITAC) to manage
a student-based award on behalf of the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. The purpose of the Minister's Student Award is to highlight the
Victorian timber supply chain and promote to the wider community, the important role that the forestry and furnishing industries play in ensuring
Victoria has a diverse range of sustainable timber related career pathways.
Holmesglen had two teams of six - the Movers and the Shakers- that submitted entries for the Award. Both teams were lucky enough to be selected to
create pieces of furniture out of the wood, which will be displayed at Government House Victoria.
The criterion of the design was to create a furniture based product that is move-able, functional and that ideally could be used in the home, workplace,
commercial building etc
The 'Movers' liked the idea of their design being kept as close to the fallen tree as possible. So they designed communal seating, which incorporated
a charging station for personal devices.
The 'Shakers' concept was to create an adjustable interactive light fixture/free standing lamp. It displays an array of light textures and can expand
and contract to adjust the amount of light emitted.
Congratulations to all those involved in this project.