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.
Moving away from the antique sector in late 2012, Julian acquired a shared workshop space in Collingwood to develop his own contemporary custom furniture business, whilst also acquiring new skills in the workshop of local design stalwarts: Tait.
Inspired by the family history of his great-great-grandfather (Charles Glencross: a coach builder), Julian adopted his middle name of Glencross as the moniker for his business name. Glencross Furniture now operates independently from his Thomastown workshop, specialising in high quality custom made furniture and design objects made predominantly of timber. The design styles are varied, inspired by ever-changing residential, commercial and natural environments. Key to his work is a keen eye for proportion, an understanding of materials, and a tactile finish.
Website: Glencross Woodworks