• Darren Oates
  • Darren Oates

Darren Oates

Darren first started working with wood in the mid-1990s, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he took it up as a full-time occupation. In 2006, he studied under Terry Gleeson at his school in Dural. In 2007, after 20 years service he left the Royal Austrlian Airforce to study full-time for a year under the late Tom Harrington at the Sturt School For Wood in Mittagong.

On finishing his studies, Darren opened up his own studio  in Windsor, NSW. Darren exhibits work in Bungendor, Sturt, Leura, Nulkaba & Purple Noon Galleries.   In the past six years Darren has written and has twelve articles in print in Australian Wood Review magazine.

His work has been sold to discerning purchasers in the ACT,  New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, as well as to overseas buyers in Europe.

Around 95% of timber Darren uses are reclaimed . These are Australian native trees that are removed for the building of roads and residential, industrial and commercial zones. Darren also uses FSC timber

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Some of My Work is Featured Below.

Darren Oates

His extensive use of Australian native timbers allows him to explore the unique qualities found in Eucalyptus and other native species. The creation of smaller scale pieces in the form of jewellery and document boxes allows him to incorporate exotic local and imported species into his designs.

Some of my highlights

Darren is located in the Hawkesbury , NSW and has been working with timber for twenty years. His furniture is unique, usually having some curved laminated form involved in the design. Darren is involved in the whole process from the drawing board to final finishing, thus allowing for individual works.

Darren’s work reflects traditional woodworking methods of dovetail and mortice and tenon joinery that gives his work strength and integrity.

Darren concentrates his efforts on speculative furniture and takes on a limited number of commissions throughout the year.

A: One day I needed to make a bench for my bonsai trees and could not find anything to buy that would fit the bill, so decided to make it myself. That was back in 1995, and I have been working wood ever since.
A: Woodworkers—George Gavaric, Hank Holzer and Grant Vaughan. Designers—Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer and Carlo Molino.
A: As frustrating as working with wood can be sometimes, I cannot imagine myself doing anything else with my life that pleases me so much and also pays the bills.
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Meet with Darren Oates at the NEXT EXHIBITION & ART TRAIL: 12 - 13 NOV 2016

A unique exhibition... Eight working studios... More than fifty Artists & Artisans... All on a meandering country drive...
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