GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Accreditations – QMBA – AAADA – AICCM Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen – Accreditations – Approved Service Provider & Insurance Repair Specialist – Affiliations & Memberships – IFDA, QMBA, AAADA, AICCM, BSA, FDA, M&GNSW, WoA, A&AQ, A&ANSW, QADA, ADFAS, SYBA, SYGGBR, ISS, GSR, HCVAQ, RNA, CHHFDAI

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GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast



Department of Education, Queensland, Technical Education Branch Queensland 1981 Trade Qualification – Cabinetmaker
Queensland Government Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship

Queensland Technical and Further Education College, Ithaca (training)pdf Honours Certificate Cabinetmaking Trade Course and
pdf Wood Carving and Advanced Wood Carving Certificates1980-85. Traditional, classic training using the same teaching resources that Elvin and LJ Harvey created for wood carving classes they taught.

Harvey Bros

Harvey Bros, South Brisbane (employer)
1976 – 1983 Employed by Furniture Designer, Mastercraftsman, and Renowned Woodcarver, Elvin Harvey (Designer and Furniture Maker – Furnishing of the Premier Bjelke-Petersen Government Executive Suites, and Queensland’s Official Wedding Gift to the Prince and Princess of Wales. Elvin, son of LJ Harvey, endorsed and confirmed by Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art, GOMA’s Curator Glenn Cooke ) pf Certificate of Service “All phases of high class cabinetmaking which included a lot of hand work, chair making and restoration antiques, etc.” Elvin Harvey 1981 (Employed 1976 – 1983)

IFDA – International Furnishings and Design Association (Est 1947)) have a mission to inspire collaboration within the furnishings and design industry and to support its people, their products and services. Australia’s first professional member, since 2019.

ACFA – Australian Cabinet Furniture Association –  2021 Best Freestanding Furniture Finalist
Award Night – 11th February 2022.


QMBA – Master Builders Association of Queensland

2010 Membership No. 64792
“Nationally accredited mastercraftsmen, artisans.  Intricate and heritage joinery for classic and contemporary buildings.  Built-in/ fine furniture, Frames, Clocks, Leatherwork, French polishing & faux finishes, Ornate glass.  Antique interiors  – repair, restoration, conservation.  Custom and reproduction library, boardroom, executive suite, foyer, reception, floor inlays, wall panelling, stairs, fireplace, cellar, collection displays”
MBAQ Trade Alliance Certificate

Business Management Course Certificate

2010 – 2013 Licence holder of both a Cabinet Making Trade Contractor and a Joinery Trade Contractor with the Building Services Authority, BSA  Queensland Building Services Authority Act Licences From 2013 onwards, Queensland Building and Construction Commission, QBCC, replaced the BSA as industry regulator.

Cabinet Making Trade Contractor Licence

Install, refurbish, restore or repair kitchen, bathroom, laundry and other fitted cabinets and fitments on-site.
Incidental work of another class.

Joinery Trade Contractor Licence

Install subfloor framing, including bearers and joists.
Construct and erect wall framing including install internal linings, assemble partition frames and install curtain walling.
Manufacture, assemble and fit components for door and window frames, doors and sashes, and for stairs.
Manufacture, assemble and install joinery unit components.
Prepare surfaces and apply paint and other finishes for joinery.
Cut and install glass for joinery.
Use aluminium, including fabricate, assemble, construct framework and manufacture aluminium grills and louvres.
Incidental work of another class.

Historic Houses Association of Australia, HHAA.  Registered Trade Member 64741876 since 2022 for conservation, restoration and/or reproduction projects, requiring specialist, rare skills and feature embellishments, in collaboration with owners, and/or builders and joiners.

designed; made inc and Furniture Designers Association

2010 – 2014 Member & Registered Designer in the FDA (Furniture Designers Association) Directory of Designers, and the evolved association, designed; made inc, since 2014.

Featuring: gallery + contemporary + classic styles in timber + veneer + leather.


Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art

Since 1980  Art Researcher and Curator, Queensland Heritage, Glenn R Cooke established a connection with Gary Olsson as part of the LJ Harvey and His School exhibit.  In 2009 to coincide with the LJ Harvey and His Times Exhibit, Glenn proactively entered a ten-year portfolio of published Antiques and Art in Queensland articles by Gary Olsson into the Gallery of Modern Art library as he felt it was important to keep the Harvey heritage continuity by Gary Olsson, and Gary’s own work portfolio in the public record.

Australian Antique and Art Dealers’ Association, AAADA

Affiliation with Approved Service Provider status since 2002.

AAADA Approved Service Provider – Furniture Conservation and Restoration “Antique conservation, restoration and reproductions (replicas). Custom classic and corporate executive furniture, intricate and heritage joinery. 22ct gold embossed leather inserts for desks,” and

AAADA Approved Service Providers – Gold Embossing on Leather “22ct gold embossed English leather for desks, mouse pads, desk blotters, boardroom and table placemats and coasters. Bookshelf edging, reception counters, and wall panelling. Custom embossing. Leather-covered tacks and embossed upholstery leather.”

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials
Gary Olsson, a private member since 2007, and is acknowledged as a private practice conservator.

From 2007 to 2018, registered as a Private Practice Member specialist in Timber, Tools, Fabrics, Leather and Accessories, Framing, Metals, Ceramics, Stone and Glass, and Conservation Supplier.
Traditional Antique  ConservationRestorationFurniture & FramesReproductionsLeather & Gilding, Intricate & Heritage Joineryinteriorstimber veneers and leather for transportcarsglass,  curved glass,  leadlights,  mirrorsclocksbarometerscane, wickerbaise / feltpolishing,  carving,  turning,  upholsteryblacksmithgold and silver smith

Museums & Galleries of NSW
Foundation & Registered Consultant since 2011
Consultant “Expertise: Frames, Furniture, Training, Business administration, Project management, Strategic/ Master planning, Historical research, Technical research, Writing critical, Writing editorial, Writing interpretive”

Private Practice Technician “Timber, Tools, Fabrics, Leather and Accessories, Framing, Metals, Ceramics, Stone and Glass. Traditional Antique Conservation, Restoration, Furniture and Artifacts, Frames, Reproductions, Leather and Gilding, Intricate & Heritage Description: Joinery, Interiors, timber, veneers and leather for transport, car, glass, curved glass, leadlights, mirrors, clocks, barometers, cane, wicker, baise, felt, polishing, carving, turning, upholstery, blacksmith, gold and silver smith, bookbinder.”


Museums & Galleries of QLD
Foundation & Registered Conservator since 2011   GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen located in Queensland’s South East, established in 1983, are renown, accredited antique restorers and conservators.  Custom displays, reproductions of antiques and missing parts of antiques may also be commissioned.  Gary is also a leather artisan.  Australiana is a personal interest.  Registered on the Consultant and Supplier Register for services including Conservation, Heritage curation & interpretation, Install technician, Display systems, Reproductions & modelmaking,  Travel crates & packing materials.

Private Practice Technician “Timber, Tools, Fabrics, Leather and Accessories, Framing, Metals, Ceramics, Stone and Glass. Traditional Antique Conservation, Restoration, Furniture and Artifacts, Frames, Reproductions, Leather and Gilding, Intricate & Heritage Description: Description: pdfJoinery, Interiors, timber, veneers and leather for transport, car, glass, curved glass, leadlights, mirrors, clocks, barometers, cane, wicker, baise, felt, polishing, carving, turning, upholstery, blacksmith, gold and silver smith, bookbinder.”

Queensland Antique Dealers Association

Sponsors (2003-2009) and Invited Guest Exhibitors 2007-2009 at the QADA Annual Antique Fair, and affiliated long-term Antique Restoration and Conservation service providers for QADA – Queensland Antique and Art Dealers Association members and their clientele.

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen has enjoyed a long and continuous affiliation, as an antique restorer and colleague, with most of the membership of the QADA, dating back to the earliest commissions in 1983. We’ve provided more than thirty-five years of continuous service. Encouragement and patronage from QADA members and their clientele have been integral in the evolution of GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen into the highly credentialed and trusted firm it is today.

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen’s QADA Annual Antique & Collectibles Fair Exhibit

2008 – 2013 Mudgeeraba Show – Horse Harness Maker and Furniture Maker in Pioneer Exhibit 2010 Consultant and Traditional Furniture Maker Exhibitor Hammer, Anvil & Needle Exhibit 2010


GN Olsson Classic Superyacht Interiors have been members of international, national and regional Superyacht Industry Associations since 2005, and have serviced the luxury yacht industry since 1985.

International Superyacht Society, ISS Member since 2010.

Categories – Accessories, Interior Designer, Interior Supplies, Yacht Supplies

“Accredited, Superyacht Industry Service Provider since 1992. Custom Designers & Specialist Rare & Traditional Trade Skills. Antique Restoration and Conservation Specialists. Custom leather gilding & ornate embossing for wall and ceiling panelling. Intricate and classic joinery and cabinetry. Secret and specialised compartments. Traditionally crafted contemporary & classic fine furniture. Antique sourcing and acquisitions. Also – Boxes, Bookbinding, Frames, Mirrors, Clocks, Barometers, Oddments and Artifacts.”

Super Yacht Base of Australia, SYBA and Super Yacht Great Barrier Reef, SYGBR

Member 2005 -2011

Super Yacht Sydney, SYS Foundation Member 2007 – 2011
GN Olsson Classic Superyacht Interiors – Superyacht refit services, maintenance and project management.
Proud to be part of an award winning superyacht industry network.


Vintage Vehicles

Since 2007 Historic Commercial Vehicles Association Queensland Inc

Member, Vintage Vehicle Owner and Exhibitor and Service Provider Exhibitor

Providing timber, veneer, leather and ornate metal work restoration and reproduction services for vintage and classic cars and trucks.


ABA & Lakeside Bowmen Since 2001 Member and Traditional Longbow Archer


1986-8 Department of Education, Queensland, Technical Education Branch
Blacksmithing Course Certificates, Yeronga TAFE

1995-8 Rural Activities Group and Petrie Museum, Petrie Historical Village

Past Committee Member & Blacksmith Shop Exhibitor. Specialising in Furniture and Australiana – in particular blacksmithing, farming, rural buildings and machinery, horse-drawn vehicles and collectables.

1986 to present GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen. The casual operator of a traditional blacksmith forge.

Horseman, Horse Drawn Vehicle Maker, Restorer, Exhibitor and Judge

1983 to present

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Restorer, Coachbuilder and Horse Drawn Vehicle Maker
Designer Builder of reproduction early style Australian rural outbuildings and workshops
eg stables, horse and cattle yards, troughs, gates, rural sheds, blacksmith shop, harness shop, produce shed.

1983 – 2012

Heavy Horse Owner, Breeder, Trainer and Exhibitor. Overland Horse Team Trips
Pine Rivers Heritage Museum & Historical Village
Public Horse Team Wagon Rides 1998
Warana Festivals, St Patricks Day March, RSPCA, Local Shows & Festivals, Weddings
Clydesdale Horse Team with up to 6 horse team in hand.


Yangan Heavy Horse Day Volunteer Horseman at the Mick Bradford Charity Days.
Co-driving 10 horse ploughing team, Horse gear driven live action displays.

1984 – 2000

Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Field Days Association Inc. Exhibitor
Tradesman 4 horse Team Turnout specialist, Long term Committee Member
4 Horse Team Public Rides, Show Ring Set up and Obstacle Courses.


Caboolture Horse Drawn Vehicle and Pleasure Driving Society Member.


Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Field Days Association Inc. Ringmaster


Pine Rivers Show Society Horse Drawn Events Judge

1994 – 1998

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum & Historical Village, Rural Activities Group

Blacksmithing Demonstrations and Horse Team Public Wagon Rides.


Expo 88 Bicentennial Year Driver of the Powers Brewing Horse Team


RNA, Royal Brisbane Show Winner of Tradesman Turnout 4 Horse Team


Light Horse Owner. Stock work and pack saddle trips.


Northern Territory, Stockman.

*Dates are close approximates in this section.

Portable, Stationary & Traction Steam Engines – Early Agricultural & Industrial Machinery

Since 2018

Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society Inc’s
Working and Static Display Manager for Brisbane RNA Show Steam Engine Exhibit.
Queensland Government High-Risk Work Licences
Standard Boilers & Reciprocating Steam Engines
Internationally published steam engine restorer.

Since 2016

Exhibitor and Grand Parade Master for QSVMSI Petrie Steam Rally
Steersman and Driver of QSVMSI Traction Engines for
local and regional shows, rallies and road runs.

Since 2015

Owner operator and private exhibitor of the portable steam engine.
Member and Club Exhibitor QSVMSI
Working steam engine & associated machinery exhibitor.
Action steam displays for regional expos and shows.
Restorer of portable and traction steam engines, plus reproduction parts.

Since 2003

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Restorer of Stationary Engines.
Private stationary engine exhibits,
Stationary engine restorer – incl. mounts, sheds and associated displays.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Accreditations – IFDA – QMBA – AAADA – AICCM Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast