Australian Vernacular Furniture Celebration Chairmaking Events
The delivery of 2 X making events to outcome in communal-chairs in the style of the Jimmy Possum tradition. The chairmaking events will be run at Deloraine & Penrith and involve the descendants of the C19th Jimmy Possum Deloraine community chair makers and the First Fleet carpenter Anthony Rope.
The events seek to promote the primacy of the Australian vernacular furniture making tradition as the first distinctly Euro-Australian material cultural idiom. The events will celebrate the First Fleet convict carpenter Anthony Rope as an originator & the Jimmy Possum chairmaking tradition as the living exemplar of this distinctly Australian style. The finished works will be communal chairs made by the descendants of Rope & the historic Jimmy Possum Deloraine community chair makers (1880-1935) out of historically significant salvaged timber, at historically relevant sites to the groups. Participants will be taught to drawknife carve chair components from their timber. They will also pass on the oral histories relating to place, people & time attached to the timber. These along with related historic images & prime documents will be recorded digitally. The finished chairs, along with a touch screen documentation template, will be donated to the museums as interactive installations.