TRADITION: Glyn Williams has built the judging table that will be used in the upcoming season of MasterChef.WHEN Glyn Williams of North Nowra crafts a dining table, it’s done through a process of time-honoured craftsmanship.
That craftsmanship secured one of his pieces a place on the next MasterChef series.
It will be at a dining table built by Mr Williams that the judges will sit to dissect the meals prepared by anxious contestants each night once the 2012 series airs.
The cabinet maker, who prefers to think of himself as a furniture maker, builds tables for one of the country’s most prominent furniture boutiques.
Using traditional 17th century methods, with aged European timber Mr Williams creates tables for Sally Beresford Antiques.
Last year a MasterChef representative contacted Ms Beresford inquiring about a table.
“Sally contacted me and said we’ve got to make the MasterChef judging table.
“It’s funny because I remember watching the show and I noticed the table they were using, I even said to my wife Miriam that I would have liked to build them a table, to get my name out there.
“Now I’ve built the table and they have taken delivery of it.”
Mr Williams said the table was made from European oak, was three metres long with extension leaves that take it to just over four metres long, and it is one metre wide.
“I had to incorporate extra strength in the design because I didn’t know how much it would be moved around.
“I’ve built it using classic lines and shapes borrowed from old-style furniture,” he said.
Mr Williams said the mass production industry had made his career more challenging.
“I use old traditional tools and enhance the patina and character of the timber.
“I love working with wood and I get just as much enjoyment making a little chopping board as I do from a large dining table,” he said.6
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