• Woodcraft Guild ACT Inc.

    If you are interested in woodcraft, the Guild is for you.
    Activities include:

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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.

  • 2019 Exhibition
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    Guild Sale at South.Point
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    The Woodcraft Guild ACT
    PO Box 1411
    Woden ACT 2606


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Information about planned workshops will be posted. The Guild Calendar also contains these workshops but if you notice any discrepancies please let us know at web@woodcraftguild.org.au.

Details on upcoming workshops will be posted below when they become available.

Shave-Horse Planning Meeting – Monday 18 Nov 6pm-7:30pm!!

There is a planning meeting for all those interested in attending the Shave Horse Weekend over 23-24 November. This meeting aims to save a lot of time on the Saturday morning, so people can get on with the making having decided what to make on the Monday evening. 

On the Monday evening you can decide which design/style of shave horse, spoon mule, or bowl mule you’ll make. That done, we can give you an idea of the materials you’ll need and a chance to do some preparation during the week. To help your decision-making there will be several models for you to sit on and try out, drawings and photos of others, and associated tools. Chances are you’ll have been looking at all manner of clamping devices online and have a good idea of what you might make. The Monday meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of several designs as you come to a final decision. 

Shave-Horse weekend
(23-24 November)

led by Graham Infield 
with facilitators Ray Farmer and Richard Raffan

At the WCG Annual Exhibition and Sales, the use of shave horses and traditional hand tools aroused a lot of interest and several WCG members were muttering about wanting to make a shave horse or spoon mule. Now is your chance. You can base yours on one, or even all three, of those below — or a completely different version of something you found on the internet. 

Graeme’s preference is to work splitting logs about 300mm diameter for a heavier and characterful version more in keeping with the hand-tooled work for which shave horses are used. 

Shave horses should reflect their makers, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to personalise your shave horse or mule. Legs can be turned, or shaped with a drawknife, clef sticks, or simply branches with bark retained. There are lots of variations for the head….. We hope for a menagerie of horses and mules on the second day and a great photo opportunity.

A Drew Langsner traditional shaving horse and plan.

Click to enlarge Plan

This pinhead shave horse was designed by Bern Chandley and a couple of mates.  https://vimeo.com/208228928
We have plans and a full cutting list for the Chandley Pinhead shave horse.

Finally the Raffan Spoon Mule that’s designed to break down into four sections. This is made using a recycled door jamb.

The hind legs assembly that might be stronger than those on the Chandley above. 

WHEN:           November 23-24, 2019 (a weekend), 9am to 4pm.

WHERE:         ACT Woodcraft Guild, The Shed, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah

COST:    $10 at the door plus materials used. On the wood store long rack there is lots of suitable recycled Oregon and hardwood already dimensioned and available for $2 a meter which means about $15 for the wood. 
Or you can opt for more expensive blackwood or whatever you have to hand. Richard Raffan can send you a cutting list for the Pinhead Shave horse.

BRING:  Lunch, favourite planes, chisels and anything else you might need to put your bench together. 

BOOKING: Please email Richard Raffan raffanr@lcloud.com  so we have an idea of numbers and which or what you fancy making.

P.S. RR will be making something along these lines which is collapsable.

Information about past workshops can be viewed here.