Designer-maker Tony Docherty is based in Hamilton Hill, in the Fremantle area of Western Australia.
Since the early nineties, Tony has supplied leading wood galleries in Western Australia and the eastern states with furniture, one-off pieces and handmade kitchen accessories that utilise recycled, solid wood.
A keen interest in exploring effective methods for sustainable and efficient use of materials forms an important characteristic of Tony’s design approach. These products have often reflected Tony’s light-hearted approach to design. His distinctive, organic forms express a fascination with the interplay between design process and the material’s inherent features.
Tony acquires wood through diverse sources: farms, old disused buildings , bridges and sustainable milling. Presently in his collection is part of the historic Albany jetty with large sections of Jarrah and Karri timbers. His wood sources are predominately Red Tingle, Sheoak, Jarrah and Marri. He also holds timber sourced from the semi-arid regions of WA such as Jam, Blackbutt and Mulga.
Tony has exhibited widely over the past 25 years, including invitation appearances to exhibit at ‘Tokyo Design Week’ in 2004 and at Milan’s ‘Salone Satellite’ in 2006. He also participated in FORM’s ‘Designing Futures’ cluster development in 2007 which led to new work developed for production.
Tony teaches workshops, which not only teach the finer aspects of bowl and spoon carving, but also give participants hands on skills in what it takes to run a woodwork business.
Tony welcomes commissions, workshop and demonstration opportunities. You can find his work online and at a number of outlets ::
In Western Australia at Woodworks Gallery, Denmark and Albany; Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, nr Walpole; FOUND at Fremantle Arts Centre; Aspects of Kings Park; Yallingup Galleries; Moombaki Wines, Kent River;
… and in New South Wales at Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery.