MEET THE MAKER: Lola Munday

Lola worked at Thor’s for several months before deciding to make joinery her career. She has embarked on an apprenticeship with us and now splits her time between our joinery and a day a week at CIT. On weekends you will normally find her exploring the bush surrounding Canberra with her side kick Heeler cross Pikelet.

Lola applying Osmo to a stump table

Lola applying Osmo to a stump table

Tell us what you love about timber...

While working with timber I often like to think of the life it has lived. Of when it was a tree, where it might’ve been, what it would have looked like and how all the features may have formed. I have always been mildly obsessed with trees and I greatly appreciate the material they gift to us. You just can’t beat the character with anything we have made.

Timber instantly warms a space and gives a grounding element. I was lucky enough to grow up being surrounded by timber, so it seems to be intrinsically linked to spaces that I find comfortable and homely.

Tuross Valley

Tuross Valley

What are you most proud of making?

In year five or six we made an egg and spoon in woodwork. I have no idea where they are now but I remember how many hours I put into sanding that egg until it felt just right in the palm of my hand and it sat cupped in that spoon so nicely. So I may have peaked in year six but it was a damn fine egg and spoon combo.

The first project I was asked to make at Thor’s was pretty special. It was a set of side tables commissioned by an employee at Thor’s. I just remember feeling very proud of myself for finding myself in a position where I get to create such nice things.

Lola’s first project at Thor’s Hammer

Lola’s first project at Thor’s Hammer

Rustic or Clean Dressed (timber of course)?

I prefer the classic clean dressed. There is just nothing more satisfying than putting the first coat of Osmo on a perfectly finished clean dressed surface.

If you had to work with just one material………

I think it’s too early to be making such a big call but I seem to be drawn to spotted gum for its variety in colour and its bold grain—however, I never choose it when I have to use hand tools.

Downtime is best spent………..

In the bush. Most afternoons I will walk my dog up in one of the reserves around my house. Whether it’s just a slow jaunt or a bigger multi-day hike or bike ride I am happiest when out in nature.

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Lola is happiest in nature with Pikelet.

Lola is happiest in nature with Pikelet.

Recommend us your best source of inspiration

Nature is my main source of inspiration. The forms and colour palettes influence me in whatever I create. Occasionally I find the time to draw or paint and I take a lot of pride in the spaces I live in. They all seem to have a strong link to nature. My mum also has a killer style so I can’t deny how much she has influenced me.

One of Lola’s favourite places is the Budawang National Park.

One of Lola’s favourite places is the Budawang National Park.

What do you love about your job?

How much I get to learn. Learning is just the best. Every day I get taught by some very talented humans. As an apprentice, I make many mistakes but I learn through that process. I feel like I’m just collecting all these life skills that I will utilise and for that opportunity I feel incredibly grateful.