Monday, November 8, 2010

More Tassie Photos

Leaving Derwent Bridge, Tasmania
Yes more holiday I boring you yet?? Is this the longest lasting slideshow ever? At least you can turn away or visit again another day! It's hard to believe that we drove from this experience above, and less than 48 hours later we were here:
Bruny Island beach, from Truganini's steps
Still can't believe the difference in landscape, and the beautiful beaches in Tassie. Pristine sand and incredible coloured water. Reminded me of my childhood, growing up in Queensland. I must say it was a real come down when we visited Elwood beach here last week......certainly drives home the impact of population on the natural environment.

Cocco brooches by Oceanides
Onto more cheery things....finally I'm going to share with you some of my favourite shopping destinations and purchases from my trip to Tasmania.....first are these gorgeous cast copper brooches, above, which are modelled on a microscopic plankton by Jeweller and Marine Biologist (how impressive!) Dr Karin Beaumont. I was lucky enough to acquire one of these at "the market" in Hobart. But you can share the love and see, or purchase, these and her other amazing creations in Karin's Blue Caravan shop online here.

Lemon Juicers by Strahan Woodworks
Beautifully created huon pine products can be found all over in Tasmania. If you'd like to know a little more about Huon Pine go here, but what I should tell you is that these trees are now protected by a World Heritage listing due to their slow growth and the mass logging that occured after Europeans arrived in Australia. All Huon Pine is now collected by Tasmania's State Forestry or those with special permits, and only logs that have fallen are salvaged - no more trees are being cut down. At Strahan Woodworks I purchased a beautiful cheese knife with turned huon pine handle. They also make these lemon juicers, above, based on a traditional English design that dates back over one hundred years. 
King William Pine tree - photo courtesy of Tasmania Special Timbers website
Adjacent to Strahan Woodworks is a timber mill where you can purchase off cuts and small pieces of Huon Pine, and see the mill working. But I think the real gem is at the other end of the building where Tasmania Special Timbers has a collection of huge slabs of pine that would make the most beautiful table tops and benches. The lovely Diane there will help you out and she was kind enough to allow me to scavenge offcuts that will be perfect for making more woodblock necklaces like this one, so keep an eye out for those!

Lastly a couple of spots worth checking out in Hobart - Store & Co. is a beautiful shop with everything covetable from homewares to candles, jewellery, books, baking name it.  And "Love and Clutter" in Murray Street, which I think is the smaller sister shop to "The Maker", which Pip talked about over here. It has the most beautiful selection of local, quality crafted works, other things you don't need but must have, all presented in a groovy, vintage chic kind of manner which would fit right in anywhere really!

So here's to a week of hopefully a few more frequent blog posts.....sorry for the absence, Mainichi has kept me very busy making of late!

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