GN Olsson - Foundations – LJ Harvey, Elvin Harvey, Harvey Bros, Woodcarving, Bookbinding, Blacksmith – Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast
Foundations

GN Olsson Foundations – Harvey Bros, LJ Harvey, Woodcarving, Gilding & Blacksmithing –
Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen – Built on strong olde school foundations –
the traditions of Harvey Brothers, the LJ Harvey School of Woodcarving & Furniture Making,
plus the rare crafts of the Bookbinding Gilder & Blacksmith

Gary Olsson

Prior to establishing his now nationally accredited, family business in 1983, Gary Olsson was classically trained in traditional, authentic furniture making and cabinetmaking methods, as well as in antique restoration and conservation, by the Mastercraftsmen of yesteryear.

Gary Olsson is a highly reputable designer, and timber, veneer, pdfgold and leather work Mastercraftsman.  Over the years he’s been engaged as interior, furniture and artifact designer, antique restorer and conservator, cabinetmaker, furniture maker, chair maker, joiner, glazer, leather, baise and fabric worker, gilder, carver, turner, ebeniste’, marqueteur, parqueteur, locksmith, polisher, blacksmith and metal worker and restorer.

Prior to establishing his now nationally accredited, family business in 1983, Gary Olsson was classically trained in traditional, authentic furniture making and cabinetmaking methods, as well as in antique restoration and conservation, by the Mastercraftsmen of yesteryear.   

None of this would have been possible without the help and support from some truly great Mastercraftsmen who guided Gary through the early years of training and development.

From little things, big things grow. . .

Elvin Harvey

Elvin Harvey, of Harvey Bros renown establishment at Woolloongabba,
initially employed Gary as a Junior Trade Assistant.

Harvey Bros

Once convinced of his aptitude and work ethic,
Elvin agreed to commence Gary’s Cabinetmaking Apprenticeship.

Gary's Bench

Being part of Harvey Bros meant that Gary had the benefit of being part of a multi-dimensional organisation, with strong artistic and design background.  There were mastercraftsmen and excellent tradesmen including woodcarvers, wood machinists, furniture makers, cabinet makers, chair makers, upholsterers, French polishers, as well as antique restoration & antique conservation specialists.  Equal emphasis was placed on technical, artistic, and historical authenticity.  Gary passed with Honours, and received an excellent written recommendation from Elvin. 

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However, like olde school apprentices, Gary stayed on a further two and a half years, even though at the four year mark he was officially recognised as a tradesman.   Gary was rewarded for his patience and dedication by being part of some truly remarkable projects including the commissioned longcase clock for the royal wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana, as well as the remarkable furnishing of the brand new Queensland State Government Executive Suite where international guests were received by the Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson.


Clock Head

Elvin, himself, had been trained in the same manner by his father. pdfLJ Harvey was an internationally acclaimed, furniture maker, sculptor, artist and teacher who was acknowledged as a forefather and expert in Brisbane’s Technical College (later to become QUT) and the Queensland’s Fine Art Society.  His teachings and artworks were widely sought.

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Queensland Art Gallery Publication: LJ Harvey & His School

Gary went on to do three years of traditional LJ Harvey School style Woodcarving classes at Ithaca Technical and Further Education, followed by an Advanced Woodworking class in the fourth year.  After this he attended several Blacksmithing courses at Yeronga TAFE. 


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Under the tutelage of European trained, master bookbinder, gold finisher and leather gilder, Tony Dlask, Gary evolved to become a leading Australian mastercraftsmen in leather work, gilded leather and embossed leather.  In honour of Tony, and his high regard of bookbindery, Gary continues to offer the services of European master bookbinders for his clients today.

Book Binding

 

In 2008 GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen celebrated pdf25th Anniversary in business and was honoured to be a repeat pdfguest exhibitor at the Queensland Antique Dealers’ Association Annual Antique Fairs.Gary joined the vetted ranks of the Masterbuilders Association of Queensland in 2010, as both cabinetmaker and joiner. 

Many other talented people have taught and advised Gary over the years, and many continue to collaborate with him to gain the best possible outcome on each commission.