Stories

September 2018

Jon Grant

2018-09-25T14:03:45+10:00By |Categories: Stories in September 2018, Visual|

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.

Adam Edwards by Lasca Dry

2018-09-25T13:59:22+10:00By |Categories: Stories in September 2018, Visual|

Adam Edwards is a violin maker. Discovering his passion and precision for this work, he strives for nothing more than to continue learning about his craft. He makes Hardanger Fiddles and can also play each one of his creations. Lasca has captured Adam in his element, and discovers how much he enjoys his work. Filmed by Lasca Dry Second Camera by Andrew Terhell Edited by Lasca Dry Music (track one) by Jenny M Thomas Music (track two) by Adam Edwards Special thanks Lara van Raay ABC Open

The Chameleon Architect

2018-09-25T14:04:42+10:00By |Categories: Sound, Stories in September 2018|

Australian architect Ross Langdon and his partner Elif Yavuz were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child when they were both killed in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013. The tragic news sent shock-waves across the world as family, friends and colleagues learned of their untimely deaths. In just three years Ross had gained a reputation in East Africa for designing beautiful, ecological buildings, using innovative materials. He believed architects should be like chameleons, adapting their ideas to the surrounding landscape and the people and culture who lived in it. He formed close ties with the local communities he worked with and as a result he left behind a legacy as a dedicated architect and a loyal friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Elif had been doing research on malaria and working for the Clinton Foundation in Uganda and Tanzania. This documentary was first broadcast on ABC RN Earshot. Producer: Helene Thomas. Sound Engineer: Russell Stapleton. Supervising Producer: Claudia Taranto www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…architect/8889788