Hong Ma

I love the natural beauty of wood. I feel sad to waste even one piece of it. I often use what other people consider as firewood. Many times, projects of mine have started by saving a piece of wood. Sometimes I have to wait a while for the timber to talk to me.

In my mind, wood is not the only beautiful part of the tree. Seeds, leaves and flowers can also be very pretty. So, in my work I like to experiment to display them together. The use of resin has become very important to me for combining all these elements together. Often, I will use colour pencils, woodturning shavings, food ingredients, or whatever else I may find to enrich my work.

I don't like repetition, so I always think of something unique to work on. Every year I try to use different techniques or elements to come up with something different to what I've made before.

I love woodwork. It allows me to express my spirit.



Doing woodwork has always been one of my biggest dreams. In 2009, I realised this dream when I became a member of Deloraine Community Shed. When I first started, I was a complete stranger to woodwork, I didn't even know how to hold a drill! People at the Shed not only taught me all the skills but also made me feel like I'm part of a big family and I so lucky. I'd like to say "thank you" to all the people have supported and are supporting me, especially Barry Pitcher, John Tracey and Tim Whiteley.