• Woodcraft Guild ACT Inc.

    If you are interested in woodcraft, the Guild is for you.
    Activities include:
    TURNING
    FURNITURE MAKING
    TOOL APPRECIATION
    TOY MAKING
    CARVING
    SCROLL SAW
    PYROGRAPHY

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    The Guild holds an Annual Exhibition so that members can show their work to colleagues and the public. By subnitting their work to critical evaluation by professional judges, members are able to improve the disign, construction methods and finish of craftwork.

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    The Woodcraft Guild ACT
    PO Box 1411
    Woden ACT 2606

Carving & Sculpture

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Keith 2010 wRocking Horse - B Newell Merry go Round Restoration

The pictures above show: Past President Keith Houston with ‘bird’ (left); A carving featured on the merry-go-round in Civic that was carefully restored by Canberra carvers including members of the Guild (centre); and member Barry Newton working on a rocking horse (right).

Woodcarving includes techniques such as in-the-round, high and low relief carving, incised carving, chip carving, whittling, lettering, woodcut and wood engraving, pattern making, chain-saw carving, and sculpture. The carving may stand alone or be an embellishment on other wood products, such as furniture or bowls.

There are, therefore, a huge range of applications that one can try. The variety in the tools is greater than other woodworking disciplines and properly sharpened tools are essential. The choice of timber, and thus the understanding of the properties of timber, is also critical.

The SIG has a good range of carving tools available and books on carving may be borrowed from the Guild’s library and from the SIG’s own library of books, magazines and selected articles. Carving and sharpening workshops are held at the Guild. If you would like to try any aspect of woodcarving, other members are there to help get you started.  Meetings of the Carving SIG are held at the Shed, from 10 am to 1 pm on the second Sunday of each month. The Coordinator of the SIG is Paul Dunn and he can be contacted by phone (0416 274 443) email at: carving@woodcraftguild.org.au

John Armstrong NFF 2009 Resources for carvers (click on a title below to go to the page)

1)  A gallery of carvings by Guild members

2) Carving books in the Guild and ACT Libraries

3)  A few words before you start woodcarving

4) Woods suitable for carving

5. Separating wood from wood

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