Evan Dunstone is a designer, craftsman, educator and writer. He embarked on the long journey as a craftsman after a stint as a bush pilot in the Far-West of NSW and Far-North-Queensland. Evan was trained by David MacLaren OAM, craftsman and owner of the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Evan is a 2001 Churchill Fellow in contemporary chair design and manufacture. He has travelled widely and worked with some of the finest craftsmen in the English-speaking world.
As well as training his own team of award winning makers, Evan is much in demand as a teacher of wood craftsmanship and design (particularly chair design). In 2009 he travelled fortnightly from Canberra to teach at the Australian School of Fine Furniture, University of Tasmania, Launceston. He has also taught at the ANU School of Art and the Sturt School For Wood, Mittagong. Evan is a regular contributor to Australian Wood Review and Australian Woodsmith magazines. Evan is regularly invited to judge exhibitions of wood craftsmanship and furniture design.
“Dunstone Design is well known for producing some of the highest quality custom and limited production furniture in Australia, if not the world” – Linda Nathan, Editor Australian Wood Review Magazine, 2017 (as part of the AWR L!VE event, 2017).
Evan is an Accredited Member of Studio Woodworkers Australia. In 2019, Evan organised the inaugural Design & Development course run in the Dunstone Design workshop with visiting US designer Adam Rogers. This two-week course focuses on the design aspects of woodwork.
In 2019 Evan was awarded a Gottstein Trust Fellowship to attend a conference on sustainable craftsmanship and design in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2018, Evan, along with John Madden, created the first Wood Dust Australia event in Queanbeyan and Bungendore. After the October event, Evan decided to focus on Dunstone Design and sold his shares in Craft Media Australia (the company that ran Wood Dust) to John Madden.
Evan has designed everything from simple freestanding pieces for private clients through to major boardroom commissions. He is very much “hands on” and spends at least half his time at the workbenches with his makers. He selects almost every board of timber for every project made by Dunstone Design.