Glen from Rundell & Rundell is a chairmaker, and a pretty neat one at that. Based in Kyneton, he and his lovely wife Lisa (who makes a mean leather bag and jewellery - I walked into their shop last week for 'just a peek' and walked back out with a wooden necklace and bangle, and I don't even wear much jewellery) run the workshop (where the shoot was based) and a shop on Piper Street selling all kinds of handmade goodliness that then turns into a bar (the Chairmakers Wife) on Friday and Saturday nights.
The workshop is just as I imagined - full of wood shavings, tools, half finished chairs, and with a sniff of furniture oil and timber to finish it off. Glen runs classes here, where you can make your own continuous arm Windsor chair, rocking chair, perch stool or shaker oval boxes.
Lesser known, but just as awesome, is Glen's talent for making leather belts, folding stools, axe handles, and probably most other things you could throw at him. An emerging trend (and an amazing gift idea) is for a rocking chair to be handmade for a newborn baby, who is then nursed in it, and can then keep it as a lifelong heirloom. Oh, and the best part? Turn over the chair and the baby's name is stamped into it, not the familiar 'made in China'.
The whole ethos of the business is based around minimal waste and using every part of the timber - fallen trees are collected to be handcrafted into furniture instead of going up in smoke; shavings are swept up, bagged and used for firestarters; oak shavings are used for smoking houses; offcuts kept for future use - it's one brilliant system.