Since 1986 Des McKenna has produced numerous sculptural pieces ranging from major public commissions located in the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne City Square and Koorie Heritage Cultural Centre to beautiful gift size pieces that many have purchased and cherished.
The timber Des uses – fallen timber from the forest floor taken with a permit is mostly River Red Gum and Black Box [Swamp Gum] collected from the Murray River area in North Western Victoria. Many of Des’s smaller and medium sculptures are made from recycled timber such as old River Red Gum fence posts and house stumps. Des also has a fascination with Huon Pine which he uses for his many religious sculptures .
Australian timbers have been subjected to much hardship in their harsh environment and therefore have in their structure many subsequent “faults” which Des enjoys incorporating in his final creations which adds to their beauty, uniqueness and charm. Des believes that you should always be able to enjoy the feel of his timber finish and he ensures that the only thing between you and the timber surface is wax which protects the surface and enhances your enjoyment of it.
His work is now sought after and exhibited in many galleries around Australia and in many overseas collections.