Gavin Symes

Hailing from the Southwest of Victoria, Gavin Symes turned his first piece of wood forty-five years ago after his interest in timber and wooden products was sparked by his first job stacking and machining timber at Errey Anderson Hardware in Portland.

Witnessing his grandson’s newfound passion, Gavin’s grandfather arranged special access to his friend’s lathe, where Gavin spent hours turning wood and producing his first bowls.

After a successful thirty-year career in window fabrication, Gavin has returned to his passion for wood and timber and has turned his hobby into an artistic pursuit.

Working from his purpose-built studio in Allestree, Gavin has been creating bowls and objects d’art for the past five years, for both himself, and as mementos for his friends and family.

Gavin prefers to work with Australian natives; burls, root balls, and limbs; and aims to maintain the wood’s natural edges wherever possible.

As much as anything else, Gavin enjoys the discovery process of turning wood on his lathe, revealing the inside secrets of wood and timber, and the intricate patterns only nature can produce.

Gavin’s artwork is now available to purchase, and he also invites commissions, specifically those involving ‘turning’ old wood and discarded timber into bowls and platters.