• 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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  • Featured workshop

    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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  • 2019 Exhibition
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    Guild Sale at South.Point
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  • Get in Touch

    The Woodcraft Guild ACT
    PO Box 1411
    Woden ACT 2606

Blacksmithing and Toolmaking

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Block plane – T O’Loughlin
Restored plane – R Hogg

The Blacksmithing and Toolmaking Special Interest Group (BAT SIG) was originally formed by Guild members with a common interest in the collection, restoration and proper use of traditional hand tools, such as planes, saws and chisels. SIG activities include de-rusting, sharpening and fettling of tools, and the fabrication of replacement wooden parts. Some time at each meeting is also set aside for “Show and Tell”, to allow members to display and discuss recent acquisitions from “trash & treasure” sales and swap meets.

When: Third Thursday of the month at 7pm and third Sunday of the month at 1pm
Where: At the Shed (Smithy’s Shop)
Contact: Steve Richardson toolappreciation@woodcraftguild.org.au

The interests of this group have expanded to include blacksmithing and the fabrication of specialised hand tools, which in turn has led to the construction next to the Shed of a “smithy” equipped with a forge, a metal-working lathe, and a range of metal-working tools, available for the exclusive use of members. The Smithy is a popular venue during Canberra winters!

Projects like the restoration of an antique treadle-powered lathe have been undertaken by the whole SIG.