Barrel art display at show

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Useable art: Recliner chairs and table made by wine barrel artist Carl Smith.

Useable art: Recliner chairs and table made by wine barrel artist Carl Smith.

THE News Mornington Art Show opening on Thursday 21 January and running through to Australia Day will feature a display and sale of recycled oak barrel furniture.

The concept of creating quality furniture from used wine barrels is a creative initiative of Frankston based furniture maker Carl Smith.

After completing school and working in the construction industry for more than decade, Mr Smith decided on a career change to capitalise on his passion for working with wood.

On seeing a fruit bowl made from the staves of a used wine barrel at Christmas a few years ago he realised he wanted to pursue this area of manufacture.

From there he formed Barrel Art Designs and, over the past two or three years, he has developed the concept with more than 40 designs in his product range.

From simple wine-glass-and-bottle holders, serving boards and clocks, through to tables, bar stools, wine racks and the popular range of “loafer chairs”, Mr Wood’s designs have a timeless, rustic appeal. Mostly made from oak, the products are strong and durable.

He has regular stalls at Red Hill, Mornington and Yarra Glen craft markets, and his work can also be found in selected galleries and art shows.

The work of this young designer/furniture maker will feature on stage at the Mornington Art Show.

Opening night on Thursday 21 January will have a party atmosphere.

The Bakery Trio jazz group will provide some cool music to accompany gourmet finger food and refreshments.

Tickets for the gala opening night can be purchased on line at morningtonartshow.com.au or at Farrell’s Bookshop.

First published in the Mornington News – 22 December 2015

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