Cradled by the western bank of the Huon River in Southern Tasmania is the small village of Franklin, this is where you will find Mikkris House.
Around 150 years after it was first built, the building known as Harold Howard’s Emporium was renamed and reopened to the public as a wood-turning gallery in 1996: Mikkris House Gallery. Ross Patston-Gill, soon established a reputation for producing unique artistic pieces featuring the breath-taking colours and textures of Tasmania’s unique timbers, with many of these pieces now proudly displayed in homes, businesses and private collection around the world.
Strongly committed to only sourcing timber from forestry residues, Ross became inspired to show the character and warmth of these rare forest jewels through the use of a form that highlighted the hidden beauty within the timbers, and as a result, the Hollow Vessel became the signature work of Mikkris House Gallery.
For over 200 years Tasmanian’s have been planting European trees; Birch, Elm, Oak, Alder, Poplar and Willow, as well as exotic specimens that have grown into magnificent trees over the past two centuries. Growing old and dangerous as they fall victim to the winter winds, these “found” trees now yielding their inner beauty and have become part of the palette when crafting hollow vessels.
Ross can be found most days at the lathe, promoting the use of Tasmanian and found timbers, teaching, demonstrating wood-turning, and how to best reveal the beauty hidden within.
Mikkris House offers private tuition for student and journeyman of all levels.