Myles Gostelow is a Canberra Fine Furniture Designer and Craftsman. His business is located in the historical Village of Tharwa set on picturesque banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the Australian Capital Territory.
Myles grew up on a remote cattle station in Far North Queensland and the Australian bush has always been a strong influencing factor on Myles and his designs.
Myles graduated from the Australian National University School of Art in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in woodwork and furniture design with sculpture as a sub-major. Myles owes a great deal of gratitude towards his late lecturer, George Ingham and various other visiting lecturers during his four year degree.
In early 2000, the opportunity to caretake and work out of David Upfill-Brown’s former workshop in Tharwa presented itself, as David set off in pursuit of a successful international teaching career.
From this point, Myles and his wife Pen have been running the family business and are now raising their three boys Harry, Will and Max.
Myles primarily works with timber, notably Australian hardwoods, and his versatility as a maker is complimented by a wide range of skills that include drawing, carving, blacksmithing/metalwork and tool making. Myles’ enthusiasm and passion for his craft coupled with the unique character and one-off nature of his work has helped to create a vibrant and successful business.
The majority of his work involves commissions for private, corporate, government and ecclesiastical clients. Whatever the design brief or situation, Myles believes that there should always be an answer to it, it’s just a matter of knowing how to find it.
Myles specialises in creating beautiful pieces of functional furniture crafted to the highest standards and he also fosters an environment for learning where the clients are involved with the processes and gain a better understanding and appreciation for why their piece is so unique and special.
Myles is currently running wood carving classes from his workshop.
If you would like Myles to design and make that special piece for you please contact him.
Throughout the year classes in carving and woodwork are being run from the fully equipped Tharwa workshop. Enjoy a relaxed social atmosphere and share the experience of learning with a diverse and interesting group of people.
The carving project-based classes cover a wide range of associated topics and cater for all levels of experience, whether you are a beginner seeking an interesting hobby or a long time woodworking enthusiast looking to hone your skills and add to your design capabilities.
Numbers are limited to six students per class, ensuring plenty of one-on-one teaching.
There is a choice of two different types of carving projects for the classes.
This project is to carve a small three dimensional object employing techniques similar to those used in carving Japanese Netsuke. Students will learn how to reference from a clay or plaster model to carve their piece in timber using carving gouges and chisels. They will also have the opportunity learn about the different methods of securing the work piece while carving with a mallet.
This project uses relief carving techniques to make a decorative panel which could be used for the lid of a small box or as a wall hanging. Relief carving is all about using light and shadows to create depth in an image and students will explore the different methods of achieving this, using carving gouges, chisels and punches or frosters. The use of text or lettering is also something that gets coverage in this project as personalised nameplates or shingles are popular.
Tools and materials are provided for the classes but feel free to bring your own tools if you have some. (They may even need sharpening)
The topics covered in each these classes are very similar and will be useful whatever the type of carving you would like to do.
The main topics covered include:
Design concepts and the principals behind what makes for a good carving.
· Modelling and methods of transposing your design to the block of timber.
· Material choice and selection. What makes for a good carving timber and how to choose the right one for your carving.
· Woodcarving tools - the different types and how they are used.
· SHARPENING techniques, bench stones, leather strops and tool maintenance.
· Carving techniques using a mallet and the correct carving grips to use carving gouges safely and efficiently. Carving vices and securing your work piece.
· Carving efficiency - when and how to use the different tools.
· Detailing the carving through the use of textured surfaces and other materials like bone, horn or shell to make eyes etc.
· Finishing the carving off using oils and waxes.
The aim for each of these classes is for students to come away from the Weekend with a finished piece or at least all the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue carving safely at their own pace.
Knowing how to sharpen tools properly is one of the most important aspects of becoming a confident and happy carver.
Times: Friday evening introduction 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday session from 8:00am to 5:30pm with a half hour lunch break.
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