The Art of Liturgical Furniture - Wood and Glass

Leon Sadubin is a master woodworker and furniture designer based in Gerringong, NSW. Over his career he has designed and built exquisite furniture for both public and private use, sourced from native Australian and imported hardwoods. Here are two of his public commissions for places of worship:

  • The Temple Desk for Temple Emanuel Synagogue,  Woollahra Sydney (2006) in collaboration with Marc Grunseit, glass artist.
  Temple desk 2006, Temple Emanuel Sydney - in front of heritage listed Ark designed by Samuel Lipson (1946). Design and fabrication b  y Leon Sadubin. Taun and New Guinea walnut. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au

Temple desk 2006, Temple Emanuel Sydney - in front of heritage listed Ark designed by Samuel Lipson (1946). Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin. Taun and New Guinea walnut. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au

Below, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins leading a service with the Torah unrolled on the temple desk at Temple Emanuel, Woolahra - the largest synagogue in Sydney. [1]

  • The altar of St James church, Sydney (1989) - a collaboration with David Wright, glass artist.
  St James altar, Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au   

St James altar, Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

Leon writes: "Over the years I have been engaged to design and make a wide range of items for public spaces. Ceremonial lecterns, public seating benches and furniture for places of worship are representative of my scope of work. These commissions are often collaborations with other craft practitioners and artists working in glass, silver, stone and fabrics. These works involve consultation with the client or architect and result in my own designs, specific to the intent of the space, and sympathetic to its style."  

For current updates, workshop news, and work-in-progress see LeonSadubinDesigns Instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/leonsadubindesigns/. And, contact the artist via his website.

  Leon Sadubin, master woodworker. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au  

Leon Sadubin, master woodworker. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

  "Free #6" (2007) - patinated copper, by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au  

"Free #6" (2007) - patinated copper, by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

  Glasswork detail, temple desk, Temple Emanuel Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin and Marc Grunseit. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au  

Glasswork detail, temple desk, Temple Emanuel Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin and Marc Grunseit. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

[1]Temple Emanuel images from Cochrane, G. (2006). OBJECTS MADE FOR A TEMPLE. Craft Arts International, (68), 118-119.

- by Catherine Schieve / April 2018