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11th April 2016

Artistic soul beneath a rough exterior: Kim Gent, Chunky Timber Co.

Kim Gent from Chunky Timber Co. invites us to his workshop to find out a bit more about his amazing one-off timber work.

Artistic soul beneath a rough exterior, Kim Gent of Chunky Timber Co.

Photography & article by Georgia Foulkes-Taylor

Kim Gent (everyone just calls him ‘Chunky’) is a bit of an unlikely local artisan. A truck driver turned timber artist, Chunky has spent the last 15 years in Kalgoorlie-Boulder crafting gorgeous one-off work from local timber.

Chunky’s commitment to his work is inspiring, with self-imposed high standards he diligently follows. “I don’t need to worry about what anybody else does,” he says.

“I just go out there and do what I think is right and I know the work’s done in it. I know how the timber is harvested, I know where it comes from. I know the finish on it, I know everything about it. I’ve handled every part of the manufacturing of that board, from basically the timber being cut down to selling it.”

In the workshop, Chunky Timber Co. Kalgoorlie

In the workshop, Chunky Timber Co. Kalgoorlie

In the workshop, Chunky Timber Co. Kalgoorlie. Photo by Georgia Foulkes-Taylor

Kim with two of his workshop companions, Gem & Miele.

 

Chunky rises at 5am most mornings to start the day in his Boulder workshop. He might cut a huge log into panels for a gorgeous dining room table, or slice up a smaller tree into chopping board-sized pieces. He’ll work until it’s time to open the Chunky Timber Co. shopfront on Hannan Street, where he sits down and does paperwork between drop-in customers. The pieces he sells are full of history and many take several years to complete. I asked him about the process one of his beautiful chopping boards has gone through to be ready for sale in the shop.

“[It would have] come in as a log, it’s gone through my saw mill, then stacked away for two years drying,” he says.

Chunky cuts each board about 50mm thicker than he’d like the finished product to be, as the piece shrinks and warps as it dries. Once it’s bone dry, he’ll sand it back flat, use resin to fill any gaps, and seal the piece.

“That’s a piece of me being sold,” he says. “I know how much work has gone into that. I will not compromise. I make things to a standard, not to a price.”

Chunky Timber Co. Nullarbor beads

Kim’s “Nullarbor Beads” on display in his Hannan Street Gallery

Chunky Timber Co. Cheeseboard

Each of Chunky’s cheese boards made of beautiful Goldfields timber is a piece of art two years in the making

 

A strong sense environmental responsibility drives the business, with almost no waste recorded from the workshop. “I try to keep everything as local and as recycled and as earthy as I can,” he says.

“The only trees I use are ones that had to be cut down… I can tell you were they’ve all come from. I use every piece of it. Down to all the offcuts I use for my beads. The sawdust I give to people and they use it in horse stables and chook yards and all that sort of thing.”

“I would be lucky to take one bin of rubbish to the dump a year. I pride myself on that.”

This kind of ethos is something that surprised me about Chunky, and really made me appreciate how special his work is. He’s a bit of a gentle soul in person, kind to his doting workshop dogs, and very open to speak with. Then there’s the imposing, heavy, strikingly beautiful work he creates – it’s as local as you can get and there’s something a bit magic about how he sees woodwork.

“Someone that makes things just buys the raw product in, and they’re looking for the best quality timber, the straightest piece…the piece with the least imperfections,” he says. “I’m the other way.”

“I want that twisted mongrel piece that’s got cracks and faults in it. Because you can’t hide a fault, you make a highlight of it. That’s the way I look at it.”

Chunky Timber Co. Nullarbor Beads

Chunky Timber Co. Nullarbor Beads

Absolutely nothing is wasted, with the smallest of offcuts transformed into Nullarbor Beads

 

Chunky showed me a stack of boards he cut 12 years ago, lined up neatly in rows. They are the most incredible shades of faint pink and orange, and the gnarled edges almost glow with lustre. He’s had them for so long because they’re too beautiful to use for just any project. He said he’ll know when the right project comes along for those ones.

He seems to find great satisfaction in his work, despite the difficulties of working as a regional artist and business owner.

“Every day, every piece of wood is a struggle and it’s good to have a fight with it,” he says. “At the end of the day it’s good to have a beer and look at what you’ve done. You appreciate it.”

See more of Chunky’s work on his website, or follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Kim Gent of Chunky Timber Co. in his Boulder workshop.

Kim Gent of Chunky Timber Co. in his Boulder workshop

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Chunky Timber Co

Home of the Nullarbor Beads 40 Oroya Street, Boulder T: 0417 980 728

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Foulkes-Taylor has two arts degrees and actually uses them every day. She’s a creative producer, multimedia specialist and adventurer, who works on creating meaningful and long-lasting culture. She grew up here, loves donuts and really really really enjoys yoga.

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2nd April 2016

Lights of Berlin: Regional audiences are the best sounding board

On the eve of their debut gig in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, guest blogger Ruben Wills speaks with Lights Of Berlin’s energetic bassist and band manager Michael Hilliard, who revealed that playing regional shows are the most rewarding.

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Lights Of Berlin began as a cover band in late 2012 and quickly developed into a tight group with a passion for original music. Their first song written together (in what Michael described as ten minutes) became the single from their first EP Brand New Day. The band has toured extensively both in WA and the east coast, attributing their success to a combination of musical passion, ‘high-energy’ expression, and mutually beneficial industry relationships.

It’s clear to me that the band’s dedication to their craft without doubt has played an integral role in their achievements. Each member of the band respects the creative process, and working with internationally renowned producer Forrester Savell has been an apt fit for their methodical, often painstaking production style. Their upcoming EP Magic Lines in fact, gains its name in part from eight hours of work spent on just two lines of lyric. The end result however is a band that is absolutely satisfied with each of the four new tracks. Listeners can expect a big genre change from their previous work as Michael describes their new stuff to be a lot “riffier” and rock-driven.

Michael tells me that the band “absolutely love rural shows” and that some of their “best shows come from these little rural towns”. He goes on to say that regional gigs bring the most receptive audiences, allowing them to test new material and gauge public reaction. This played a key factor into their decision to play Youth Fest 2016, where the Perth band will be unveiling their new tracks ahead of Magic Lines due for launch on April 30.

My involvement in the music industry is as a musician and Director of Eleven13 Records, a fresh record label based in Kalgoorlie, where our main goal is discovering, developing, and promoting local talent. As Michael explains “if you make it in a rural show, you can make it anywhere”; an extremely powerful statement that should encourage musicians at any point in their career to make themselves and their music heard. It is clear that the demographic of Kalgoorlie is undergoing an exciting change as more cultural opportunities present themselves to artists of all types. This year so far has seen an explosion of interest in the music scene, which we are adamant on fostering further. Exciting times ahead – enjoy!

AUTHOR PROFILE

Ruben Wills is Managing Director of Eleven13 Records, the only record label in the Goldfields, WA. He writes lyrically driven songs, plays guitar, sings, and shares this knowledge as a music tutor.

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1st April 2016

10 amazing (mostly) FREE things for young people to do in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this April

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  • Young people are pretty amazing. So amazing in fact that each year Australia dedicates an entire week in April to celebrate and showcase the abilities, talents and expertise of people aged 12-25 who occupy a pretty special space in our community. This week is known as National Youth Week and it kicks off in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this Saturday April 2 at Youth Fest.

    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council and other youth services in the Goldfields have been hard at work to create an exciting calendar of events for young people this April. From cake decorating, to street art, to live music courtesy of one of WA’s finest bands, San Cisco (pictured above), there is sure to be something for everyone.

  • 2016 Youth Fest feat. San Cisco

    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council’s major annual event, Youth Fest, is shaping up to be one to remember with WA’s own San Cisco headlining the event on April 2. With hits like “Awkward”, “Run”, “Too Much Time Together”, “Fred Astaire”, and their cover of Daft Punk’s global hit “Get Lucky”, which quickly gained a whopping 8 million views on YouTube, young people across the Goldfields are in for a treat.

    San Cisco, who formed in the wake of high school graduation, have undertaken multiple world tours, received six ARIA nominations, featured in the Top 10 of Triple J’s Hottest 100, as well as playing Lollapalooza, Pukkelpop and a sold out North American tour.

    Supporting San Cisco is Perth-based four piece Lights of Berlin who are known for their catchy pop, yet heavily rock influenced sound.

    A plethora of very talented local young people will also be taking to the stage throughout the evening. Local folk-punk singer Zach Inglis will be joined by singer songwriters Tianh Dillon and Joshua David, DJ’s Vanilla and Finlay, dancer Trevauun Galululfu aka Tre and rapper Rushil D’cruz aka Sushi, who will kick start the Youth Fest line up.

    In addition to non-stop entertainment on the main stage there will be are a stack of activities to keep festival goers entertained throughout the night including a silent disco, bubble soccer, delicious food stalls, a photo booth and more.

    Youth Fest is happening this Saturday from 5pm to 10pm at Centennial Park. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate or through the Goldfields Arts Centre online at www.goldfieldsartscentre.com.au or by calling the Box Office on 9021 0999.

    Ticketed event for young people aged 12-25
    Tickets $5, Saturday from 5pm to 10pm, Centennial Park

  • The Spot

    The Spot, a pop-up place for young people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder will be open throughout April, with lots of exciting activities happening at the space.

    The idea for The Spot came from the group of 38 young people who attended the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s LEAD Youth Leadership program in October 2015. At the end of the program the young leaders were able to put their many skills into action, working together to determine what they would like to see in their community for young people in 2016.

    The Spot is a safe place where young people can relax with friends, access information about services available in their community and develop life skills. There is also free WiFi, a ping-pong table and enough free icy poles to keep a group of hungry students happy on a hot Kalgoorlie arvo.

    The Spot is proudly supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    A pop-up place for young people aged 12-25
    Shop 8-10 Market Arcade, Hannan St Kalgoorlie

  • Cake Decorating Workshop

    Did someone say delicious? Learn how to make scrumptious designs and yummy decorations that will take your baking skills to the next level!

    During this 2 hour workshop, local cake creator April Foote will be dishing out hot tips on how to craft delicate fondant flowers and tasty treats. As this workshop is delivered in partnership with the Goldfields Institute of Technology, participants will receive a Certificate to acknowledge the skills that they have learnt.

    Grab your friends and register today! This can be done online here or by contacting the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    A free workshop for young people aged 12-25
    Monday April 11, 2pm – 4pm, The Spot

  • Street Art at The Spot

    Street artist Nathan Hoyle is coming to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and he is keen to show young artists the tricks of the trade! Grab your mates and make your way to The Spot this school holidays to learn how to create graphic text, work with spray paint and bring your designs to life on your own personalised trucker hat.

    Nathan will be facilitating two street art workshops for young people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this April School Holidays.

    Register for this workshop online here or contact the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    A free workshop for young people aged 12-25
    Wednesday April 13, 10am – 1pm, The Spot
    Thursday April 14, 10am – 1pm, William Grunt Memorial Library

  • Digital Photography with Billy Stokes

    Want to learn how to get the most out of your digital camera? Local photographer Billy Stokes is here to help you capture those perfect moments and sharpen your photography skills.

    Bring along your digital camera or smart phone. This workshop will give you help you to gain a basic knowledge of your camera’s capabilities and pick up some hands-on experience capturing a range of images under different conditions. Perfect for beginners, happy snappers and all those who are keen to develop their photography skills.

    About Billy Stokes

    Billy started his photography business when he was just 16 years old. Since then he has been studying, practicing, and teaching photography, producing beautiful images which are featured on his website, The Fair Photographer. Check out some of Billy’s incredible work here.

    About the workshop

    There are two digital photography workshops taking place this school holidays. When registering, please select your preferred date.

    As this workshop is delivered in partnership with the Goldfields Institute of Technology, participants will receive a Certificate to acknowledge the skills that they have learned.

    Lunch will be provided. Register for this workshop online here or contact the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    A free workshop for young people aged 12-25
    Thursday April 13 or Thursday April 21, 10am – 1pm, The Spot

  • Tie Dye DIY with Artgold

    Attention all young artists and fashionistas! Learn how to tie, dip, dye, paint and transform a daggy T-Shirt into a work of art!

    This workshop will be delivered by Art Gold, a not-for-profit group which actively supports & promotes the Goldfields arts sector. Come with your friends and leave with the skills to transform any plain item of clothing into a psychedelic design.

    Afternoon tea will be provided. Register for this workshop online here or contact the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    A free workshop for young people aged 12-25
    Thursday April 13, 2pm – 4pm, The Spot

  • Provide First Aid

    Learn the skills which may help you to save a life!

    This is a two certified course delivered by St John Ambulance WA. If competent, participants will receive a HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Certificate.

    Participants must be 14 years or older. Lunch will be provided for participants on both days.

    Register for this workshop online here or contact the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    Free 2 day certified course for young people aged 14-25
    18 & 19 April, 8:30am – 4:30pm both days, The Spot

  • Barista Workshop with Headspace Kalgoorlie and Skillhire

    Ever wanted to learn how to make delicious coffees? headspace Kalgoorlie and Skillhire are taking over The Spot this April School Holidays, giving young people the opportunity make various types of coffees and gain the skills necessary to land a gig in hospitality.

    This workshop will be delivered by Skillhire and headspace Kalgoorlie. headspace is part of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. headspace helps young people who are going through a tough time.
    By participating in this workshop, young people will have the opportunity to complete some units towards a Certificate II in Hospitality.

    Afternoon tea will be provided. Register for this workshop online here or contact the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    A free workshop for young people aged 12-25
    Wednesday April 20, 2pm – 4pm, The Spot

  • Mosaic Madness with Artgold

    Create a one-of-a kind masterpiece! Design, shape and create a beautiful mosaic piece to take home with you.

    This workshop will be delivered by Art Gold, a not-for-profit group which actively supports & promotes the Goldfields arts sector. Afternoon tea will be provided.

    To register for this workshop, please contact the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9679.

    A free workshop for young people aged 12-25
    Thursday April 21, 2pm – 4pm, The Spot

  • Goldfields Kids Fest

    What’s that? With so much happening for young people this April your younger siblings, cousins and friends are feeling left out?

    Don’t fret – we’ve got them covered! Goldfields Kids Fest is happening on the 9-10 of April from 10am – 4pm at the Oasis Playing Fields. This year’s theme is An Ocean in the Desert, with heaps on under the sea fun guaranteed for children aged 12 and under.

    If you would like to learn more about Kids Fest, you can grab a copy of the festival guide in this Saturday’s Kalgoorlie Miner or Friday’s Esperance Express. An electronic copy is also available here.

    A two day free event for children aged 0-12 years
    April 9-10, 10am – 4pm, Oasis Playing Fields

AUTHOR PROFILE

Lucy Mills is the Youth Coordinator at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Having grown up in Kal, Lucy loves helping the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council bring exciting initiatives to life for young people in the Goldfields.

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