Jon Grant has a lifelong love of handcrafting wooden objects, preferably using traditional tools. Jon has travelled far, learning and passing on the skills to others. At the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking School he was introduced to chair building, in particular the Windsor Chair, a traditional chair that has been adapted and evolved throughout the world, featuring in Tasmania as the “Peddle Chair”.
Jon uses traditional tools and methods to make these chairs; beginning with harvesting and splitting logs with traditional tools. The chairs are crafted using these hand tools, steaming and turning, fabricating to the delicate finishing off tasks. The process and product are intertwined as a demonstration of the intangible heritage on which such products are based. The story is important.
Jon’s desire to see traditional skills and knowledge to be passed through generations as the basis for meaningful activity is reflected in his current role as a guest teacher at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking School.