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Design and manufacture processes

South Australian-based Gray Hawk is renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and the great artistry in his bespoke designs. His distinct aesthetic is informed by an Art Deco sensibility that is opulent in form and meticulous in detail. Richly hued timbers, such as Macassar Ebony and Redgum, lend each of his pieces a rich materiality, while the incorporation of glass, stainless steel and bronze adds visual dynamism.

“I spent time with a team of blacksmiths and coachbuilders and learnt the skills of a wheelwright. While preserving the knowledge and art form, this experience now informs my current design and construction methodology.”

Quality of construction, detail, careful consideration and choice of material are Gray’s main concerns to create longlasting furniture and art pieces.

Furniture designer maker Gray Hawk cutting timber in nature

Coming from a long lineage of artisans that include shipwrights and guilders, Gray trained in traditional methods of woodcraft before opening his own design studio in Adelaide, South Australia. Gray is renowned for the deep reverence in which he holds his medium of woodcraft, the exquisite attention to detail of his craftsmanship, and the great artistry in his designs.

Over the years, Gray has completed many major commissions, including at the Federal Law Courts, Adelaide. His work is also held in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Gray Hawk is commissioned by clients looking for exquisite solutions to functional challenges in the living environment. Gray creates pieces to suit their space, taste, requirements and budget. Many clients have specific requirements.

“I love the feel of a spokeshave, enjoy the sound of a shaving curling from timber and relish this very personal experience.”

Consultation process

The first step is to speak with Gray Hawk about your project scope: your objectives, tastes, functionality required and budget.

Once we have established a scope of works and budget we can begin the design process, which may include measurements, a series of sketches and a material selection process.

When the design and materials have been decided upon, we can commence fabrication.