People

Handsome & Co seeks out and employs tutors that are professional designer/makers, who are currently engaged in their own creative practices. These tutors will bring a wealth of extensive technical knowledge in the methods and application of traditional and modern woodwork techniques. Most importantly, our tutors are role models, who can inspire students through their active industry practice.

Our tutors will provide demonstrations and knowledge in timber and traditional technique, but most importantly our tutors act as the vehicle to influence their student’s exploration of materials, ideas and processes.

Meet our tutors below, each has their own history in furniture design and manufacture, but all have a common passion for timber as a material and the production of high quality products.

Rhys Jones

Tutor
Rhys studied wood/furniture at the ANU School of Art, completing his honours year in 2011. He has since worked as a cabinetmaker and operated his own designer/maker business, forming a strong partnership with several architecture firms as both designer and consultant for timber-focused projects. Currently,...

LIAM THOMAS

Tutor
Liam completed his studies in furniture making whilst living in the United Kingdom and went on to work for a number of different workshops with experience in CNC manufacturing to high end residential projects. Upon his return to Australia in 2008 he began studying the RMIT Diploma of Furniture Design.

Elliot Gorham

Tutor
Elliot studied at the Australian National University Art School, specializing in furniture making, he spent three years plus an honours year perfecting the craft of design and construction. Studying under the head of workshop Rodney Hayward in the Furniture / Wood Department, Elliot completed his BVA with first class honours in 2007.

Douglas Maloney

Tutor
Douglas’ career in the furniture making and the timber industry has spanned 10 years. In this time, he has worked in a variety of roles for a number of accomplished furniture-making workshops, such as; Charlie Sandford joinery, Tide design and Jardan, each workplace afforded him...

Bailey Mcfarlane Farmer

Tutor
Bailey Mcfarlane Farmer is furniture designer maker who graduated from the Sturt school for wood, located in Mittagong, NSW. With this training, Bailey has since relocated to Melbourne VIC and has worked alongside established Australian makers, before embarking on the journey which is McFarlane Furniture....

Julian McCartney

Tutor
Julian is a qualified furniture/cabinetmaker, having completed a formal trade apprenticeship under the tutelage of Robert Brown, specialising in antique furniture reproduction and restoration. This involved intensive training in the use of traditional cabinetmaking hand tools and techniques, finishing methods including french polishing, and materials/design appreciation.

Alichia van Rhijn

Carving Tutor
Alichia van Rhijn is an artist based in Central Victoria. She is a self-proclaimed maker of things and vintage lover who spends her time handcrafting goods ranging from woodwork, ceramics and metal casting to lovingly restoring and re-purposing vintage finds.

Louise Gorham

Operations Manager
Louise is a creative with a background in comedy, writing and performing who graduated from BAPA in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts. She has multiple film and TV credits including Neighbours, Rove and was featured in a Mitre 10 commercial with Scott Cam (quite relevant). Louise is co-creator and the more freckled half of the female sketch comedy duo, Girls Uninterrupted. Highlights include receiving a 4.5 star review from the Herald Sun for their MICF show ‘Good Value’ and creating an original Christmas sketch for the ABC. Keep a look out for her appearance in the series Get Krack!n on the ABC later in the year.

Josh Carmody

Resident
Josh completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture at the University of Canberra in 2008 and a Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2011. In parallel with his studies, Josh designed and made furniture on a commission basis and by the start of 2010, was also exhibiting works in exhibitions and competitions around Australia.

Dan Thomas

Resident
Dan Thomas has been studying furniture making and design with Handsome & Co since 2013. After an 18 year career as an Architectural Draftsperson, Dan is now transitioning into furniture making on a more full time basis.

Greg Allan

Resident
Greg’s background in commercial furniture manufacturing, design and logistics management has enabled him to develop a comprehensive understanding of streamlined production, design and furniture assembly. From working within this industry, Greg discovered his passion for traditional handcraft methods, including the use of natural materials.

Lana Kagan

Resident
Lana is an emerging woodworker, passionate about quality craftsmanship and sustainable resource use. She aims to work with salvaged and reclaimed native timbers and to continuously build on her craft.

Christina Fogale

Resident
Christina is an Interior Architect by profession, having graduated with Honours from RMIT in 2010 with her Industry recognised installation ‘Cirrus’.  Her enjoyment of problem solving through design stems from her desire to create an experience for people to enjoy.  Through her professional work she has contributed to many commercial projects...