World-renowned local cabinet-maker exhibiting with students

PRIDE: The Northern Rivers Community art gallery is hosting two exhibitions, including one by Geoff Hannah and his 17 students. Geoff is pictured with his Wenje cupboard made from African wood and rhodonite from Tamworth.
PRIDE: The Northern Rivers Community art gallery is hosting two exhibitions, including one by Geoff Hannah and his 17 students. Geoff is pictured with his Wenje cupboard made from African wood and rhodonite from Tamworth. Doug Eaton

EXQUISITE hand-crafted timber furniture, jewellery boxes, guitars and more: that's what you'll find at Northern Rivers Community Gallery this month.

The exhibition, Geoff Hannah and His Students, features the works of the internationally-renowned cabinetmaker and his woodwork students.

Mr Hannah is most famous for his stunning Hannah Cabinet (a cabinet that took six years to build, using 34 different Australian and international timbers, four species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone with extensive marquetry inlays on 18 doors and 140 drawers).

He has two of his works in the exhibition, alongside the works of 17 of his students.

He said his students, who he teaches from his home studio, came from all walks of life and he was proud to see their works exhibited to the public.

"When they come in and see it set out in a gallery space, it will give them a buzz," he said.

Mr Hannah's works in this show include a side table of Queensland maple that he has been working on for two months and the magnificent Wenje Cupboard, an art deco/oriental piece of African wood with rhodonite from Tamworth that has taken him four months.

Each piece was made with passion (and blood, sweat and tears) - born out of a lifelong love for woodwork.

"It's always a sad day when it's finished," he said of his works.

But never fear - he has started on his next piece.


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