I can normally see what I can create straight away, whether it be turned or sculpted.
Ken Hands is a Collie-based woodworker and a master of selecting and harvesting beautiful local timbers and transforming them into works of art.
Originally from London, Ken emigrated to Australia in 1962 as a young man, travelling and working around Australia.
Ken’s love of woodworking began when he was living in the Whitsundays in Queensland, when he became involved with the restoration of period and antique furniture. He also began to create pieces in timber from the local rainforests.
When he later moved to Western Australia, he joined the WA Woodturning Association and fell in love with the art.
“I can normally see what I can create straight away, whether it be turned or sculpted,” says Ken. “Both forms are challenging in their own right.”
To sculpt from nature, be it fish, turtles, stingrays gives me hours of pleasure, and hopefully I’ve managed to create a piece that will give endless pleasure to someone else,” says Ken.
Ken’s work is sold and has won awards throughout Australia, US and the UK.
Ken selects locally and sustainably sourced timber, assessing each individual piece for grain and character before turning and working it to its optimum.