Welcome to the Woodcraft Guild of the ACT. The Guild is a not-for-profit community based organisation and has been a part of the Canberra woodcraft and art scene for decades and is one of the oldest woodworking clubs in Australia. Our membership of around 500 people is drawn from the diverse Canberra community and local region.
The Guild is organised around 18 or so Special Interest Groups (SIGs) including Woodturning, Toy Making, Furniture, Pyrography, Carving, Scroll saw, Musical Instrument, Box Making, Blacksmithing and tool restoration.
The Shed is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. The calendar on the Guild website shows what is happening during the day, the evenings and over the weekends. You can also keep up to date by using the Guild’s Facebook sites and Instagram.
Members can join any of the SIGs to enhance their skills and to explore new facets of woodwork. Members can utilise the Guild’s facilities and tools whenever the shed is open. Our experienced members are happy to help members starting out and those needing advice on a particular project. Members can purchase timber at Guild prices which provides great value.
SIG leaders, Committee members, Shed Bosses and members looking after maintenance, timber reclamation, exhibitions, training courses, community work and sales activities are all volunteers. As the Guild membership grows, so does the work needed to keep it all working. Please contact me if you are interested in helping out. There is plenty to do.
We have completed a large expansion to our Workshop located at Lions Youth haven on Kambah Pool Road that now gives us separate rooms for woodturning, machinery, workbenches, a forge and a kitchen area for a relaxation and conversation. The recent addition of a modern dust extraction system has enhanced the woodworking environment well.
The Guild places a high priority on safety. Accreditation ensures members have the knowledge to operate machinery safely. Our introduction to woodworking and woodturning groups provide skills to those starting out. The Guild maintains buildings, contents and public liability insurance.
The Guild is taking action to provide a COVID-safe environment. We do want members to enjoy their time at the shed safely.
Every year we elect a new Committee. We encourage you to put your name forward for one of the Committee positions. It’s a great way to meet people and to get involved. Longer term members should put their names forward to assist SIG leaders in enhancing SIG development.
Come and enjoy yourself at the Shed.