Band Sawn Inspirations
The soft roundness of Alan William’s work suggests the sensuality of ripe fruit.
Alan was born in Ballina, New South Wales, he apprenticeshipped in sawmilling, cabinet making and joinery, he then expanded his artistic horizons in the early 80’s by studying visual arts.
Since 1987 Alan has been fully occupied making his band saw compartment boxes and some special pieces of furniture. He derives his inspiration from natural shapes including coral, kelp, orchids, rocks and pebbles. Alan’s many varied shapes explore the classical and the arcane, the balanced and whimsical: life forms boldly challenging conventional rectangles and tense “S” curves.
Alan has established himself as a world class maker of band sawn boxes. His boxes feature in private collections throughout the world and in Australia.
Band saw boxes are boxes made out of wood using only a band saw for cutting them out. The wood may be a solid block, a laminated block or a log from the woodpile. Whereas most boxes have straight sides and square corners, band saw boxes have virtually no restrictions as to shape. They can be oval, heart-shaped, lizard-shaped, or any shape the maker can think of. Other tools such as belt sanders and drum sanders can be used to shape and sand the box smooth.