Jože Ramuta

Jože Ramuta



I began working with wood by chance, during the process of constructing a lathe. When testing the lathe, I came to realize that shaping wood would be an interesting hobby. I began by making chess figures. At the Geelong Market I exhibited these and other wooden pieces.

Jože Ramuta, locksmith by trade. was born and raised in the village Osojnik in Bela Krajina. After arriving in Australia more than 40 years ago, he settled in the city of Geelong near Melbourne, where he still lives today. Jože constructs lathes for shaping wood, and wood objects such as chess table with figures, wooden bowls and wall clocks.

When I read in the newspaper, that Paul Keating the Minister for Finance at the time collected clocks, I began to work on wall clocks with various motifs and forms, for instance linden blossom, Slovenia, Australia, and so forth. In time I began to understand wood and its properties. I am interested in gnarls, which are unique and must be correctly dried to prevent cracking.

For the major part, Jože’s products end up in the raffle for his club and as gifts for friends. He sold some, but at a price which did not cover the cost of the material. His aim is not so much financial gain, as personal satisfaction.