October 2018

September 2018

The Final Act of Grace

2020-04-23T10:37:36+10:00By |Categories: Stories in September 2018|

When Mary Dwyer’s husband, Adie, was diagnosed with cancer at 49, Mary could not have predicted how fast death would come, nor how beautiful and hard that journey would be — for Adie, for their children and for herself. Yet, Mary says, in their heartbreak, a profound grace emerged. In “The Final Act of Grace" Mary recounts an inspirational story about her husband’s death that offers insights into how embracing one’s death can lead to something sacred and profound. This short story is supported by a book by the same name.


2020-04-23T10:37:44+10:00By |Categories: Stories in September 2018|

In March 2011, Rachel Funari disappeared from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Rachel was an intelligent, vivacious American who had been living in Australia since 2001. Her disappearance was one of the highest profile missing persons cases in Tasmania’s recent history, and prompted an extensive land, sea and air search. No trace of her has ever been found. Georgia Moodie retraces Rachel’s last steps, and speaks to her family about how they have come to terms with her disappearance. This story was produced by Georgia Moodie for Earshot on ABC RN. It features music from the Tasmanian group, Julius Schwing Trio, from their album inspired by the landscape of Bruny Island, edge2 : isthmus. The supervising producer was Lyn Gallacher and the sound engineer was Tim Symonds. www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…r-nothing/7877140

Peter Laidlaw

2020-04-23T10:37:50+10:00By |Categories: Stories in September 2018|

Peter Laidlaw is the classic tale of “one who came to Tasmania to build a wooden boat and stayed”. 25 years later, he teaches traditional wooden boat building, repairs and restores wooden boats. Headquartered at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania, Peter is President of the Living Boat Trust. His love of traditional wooden boats, the Tasmanian Special Timbers and their variety of characteristics and uses within boats is strengthened by his view of timber as the “ultimate renewable resource” the thousands of years of wooden boat building and their use in exploration, trade and contribution to Tasmania.

Jon Grant

2020-04-23T10:38:00+10:00By |Categories: Stories in September 2018|

Jon Grant has a lifelong love of handcrafting wooden objects, preferably using traditional tools. Jon has travelled far, learning and passing on the skills to others. At the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking School he was introduced to chair building, in particular the Windsor Chair, a traditional chair that has been adapted and evolved throughout the world, featuring in Tasmania as the “Peddle Chair”. Jon uses traditional tools and methods to make these chairs; beginning with harvesting and splitting logs with traditional tools. The chairs are crafted using these hand tools, steaming and turning, fabricating to the delicate finishing off tasks. The process and product are intertwined as a demonstration of the intangible heritage on which such products are based. The story is important. Jon’s desire to see traditional skills and knowledge to be passed through generations as the basis for meaningful activity is reflected in his current role as a guest teacher at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking School.