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Coasting : Issue 3 2009
14 HANDY MAN: Dave with an intricate hand forged from unlikely components. Pictures by Aaron Brown. LUNA of the was m By DAVID STEWART Welcome to IGH in the leafy Kulnura hinterland, behind the local service station, a seven-metre metallic man-woman watches over the ramshackle work shed where sculptor, designer, inventor and artist Dave Thurston tinkers. H Behind the imposing sculpture and beside the Ned Kelly-inspired letterbox is the gate into Dave’s domain. It’s an eccentric world where nothing is quite what it seems to be. It’s a place where surprising and unusual creations such as a giant metallic spider, a whimsical barbecue made from a beer keg, and a baseball glove sculpted from timber D ■ Dave’s Domain sit among seemingly unremarkable and common works such as tables and timber bed frames. But look closer at the tables and beds, and you’ll discover that even they aren’t quite what they seem. “This one’s called Lunar Landing,” Dave explains, as he runs his hand lovingly across the edge of the impressive table. “There’s a design of the Southern Cross on the top, and underneath there’s a lighthouse made from a light bulb from a fi shing buoy and the steel frame comes from the hoops of old rum vats built in Pyrmont.’’ Next to it is the sort of recycled timber bed fr impressed to fi furniture store crafted and immaculately fi nished. “That one’s made from the engine bearers for a generator,” Dave explains. “And there’s 600 years of growth in that timber this country for a little over 200 years it’s just special. Take the ‘tour’ Dave’s work shed is behind the One Stop petrol station and café at 1154 George Downs Drive, Kulnura. He welcomes visitors seven days a week. “People just wander in for a look around. Sometimes they buy things that I have out on show. And sometimes they commission me to make something for them,” Dave said. Go to www.thurstontables.com for more. SPIDER SENSE: Dave was inspired to make this sculpture when a spider died at his feet. “I picked him up, measured him, then multiplied the numbers by 40 to get these dimensions,” Dave said. It’s made from a milk churn, a street light, springs off a four-wheel-drive aerial, and a rotisserie. FLAGSHIP: The Unity sculpture that stands guard over Dave Thurston’s Kulnura domain is more than seven metres tall and stands atop a fi ve-metre base made from timber retrieved from Breakfast Creek near Spencer. It weighs close to 2.5 tonnes. ■ ■ ■ CUS scho Dav scho
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