Furniture maker Graham Stutz.
Furniture maker Graham Stutz. Elliot Holdstock

Wood man turns skills to furniture

AFTER running his own logging business for 13 years Graham Stutz decided he wanted a change, so he started making furniture.

"I've always worked with wood," Mr Stutz said.

"I tried to get an apprenticeship, but I didn't want to do cabinet making."

To learn as much as he could about creating the objects he wanted to build Mr Stutz enrolled in a 12-month course to learn how to make fine furniture.

Mr Stutz could not find an accredited course in Queensland so he signed up for a 12-month stint at the Sturt School of Wood in NSW.

"It's an excellent school, and since I was there on my own I could go in at weekends to work," he said.

"I loved it, even though it was a long year."

At the end of his year at the school Mr Stutz was given an emerging artist award.

Now he wants to use his expertise to set up his own business at Woodgate where he can make fine furniture for customers.

"I want to work towards setting up my own gallery," he said.

"That's a big step, but I'm looking at government grants so I can get started."

Mr Stutz said it took him about two weeks to make a table, and every piece he made had a story to it.

"I have to cut my own timber and let it dry for four years," he said.

"That means every piece has a bit of history about where and when the wood was cut."

Mr Stutz has already been commissioned to make a table for a customer in Sydney.

"I have got enough equipment now to make these things," he said.

"But after seeing the gear they have at Sturt that's where I want to get to."

Mr Stutz will hold an exhibition of his work in the Woodgate Hall on Saturday, January 28, from 11am.

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