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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.

Gifkin Jig Box making with Col Hosie

The Guild has organised for a Beginners Box Making one day workshop & a Intermediate Box Making two day workshop that will be run by Col Hosie from Gifkins Dovetail Jigs in the week leading up to the Canberra Woodwork Show. 

Beginners Box Making – Monday 28 October 2019

Max of 8 participants. Cost is $220 each.  All materials supplied

You will be taken through the process of making a Desktop Box.  Participants will come away with two desktop boxes at the end of the day.   

Intermediate Box Making Workshop  – Tuesday 29 Oct & Wednesday  30 Oct 2019

Max of 8 participants. Cost is $450 each.  All materials supplied

You will be taken through the process of making a Desktop Box and a Trinket Box including hinges.  

Those interested in attending these workshops can email president@woodcraftguild.org.au .  Guild members get first priority and then it will be offered to members of other woodwork clubs in the region.  Payment will need to be finalise one month before the Workshops.

Turning Cross-Grain Boxes with Richard Raffan & Craig Pennifold

WHERE: The Shed, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah.

WHEN: June 22, 2019     9am – 4:30pm

COST:  It’s a freebie

Some experience required: this is not intended to be an introduction to woodturning.

This workshop is for Guild members with woodturning accreditation.

These cross-grain boxes involve a wide range of facework and chucking techniques whilst offering infinite design opportunities. Interesting variations on these boxes can be created using roughed bowls as well as, or in conjunction with, seasoned blanks.

You can expect to make at least two boxes during the workshop.

Tools: 3/8-in bowl gouge, ½-in spindle gouge, 3/8-in spindle or detail gouge, ¾-in square-end scraper, ½-in or ¾-in skew chisel. (Guild tools and safety gear will be available, but it’s best to bring your own.)

Blanks: Can be purchased from the Guild or bring pairs of seasoned blanks between 100-200mm diameter, or pairs of roughed-out bowls.

Morning & afternoon tea provided, but bring your own lunch.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants so register early with RR at raffanr@icloud.com  or text 0408 566 673

Single Bow Windsor Chair making course with Neil Wilson & Fred Buckley

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Where: The Shed, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah.

When: 29th June 2019 to 3rd May 2019

Contact: Fred Buckley on ugotbuckleys@ozemail.com.au  

Register and online payment Here

As a follow up to the successful Windsor chair course that Neil and I ran at the Guild a couple of years back we are offering another opportunity for members to participate in a second week long course in making a single bow Windsor chair. 

The Course is proposed to be run over five days commencing on Saturday 29 June through to the following Wednesday 4 July from 9.00am to 5.00 pm daily.

We will show you how to steam bend the bow for the back and then how to shape and carve the seat.   Those with some turning experience will have an advantage when it comes to turning the legs and the stretchers.  More challenging is turning the spindles for the back but these too can be turned with a little practice in using your free hand to support the thin spindle to stop it deflecting under the pressure of the cutting tool.  

For those who have no woodturning experience, we can help you through as the shapes are really quite simple.   Alternatively, the spindles legs and stretchers can be shaped by hand using a draw knife, spokeshaves and planes.

There is also some shaping and carving involved in the formulation of the seat and then there is the challenge of drilling the mortises so that the whole thing fits together.

The timber for the project is being supplied by Gordon Smith who has offered us a selection of mixed Tasmanian species and elm for the seat bases.  The material for the back bow is straight grained and air dried which is essential for ensuring that the steam bending of the bows runs smoothly.

Cost of the material will be between $75 and $100

The cost of the course for the five days is $500.   We can  accommodate up to ten starters but will need a minimum of eight.

Marquetry workshop with Robin Cromer

WHERE: The Shed, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah.
WHEN: 27-28 April 2019 – 9:00am to 4:00pm
COST: $100 contact Robin by email

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with a basic knowledge of producing marquetry ‘pictures’ using a scalpel to cut veneers. The ‘window’ method entails removing a piece of veneer in the required shape and cutting a contrasting piece to fit the shape.

The following aspects will be covered during the two days:

  1. A discussion/explanation of the window method, cutting techniques and sharpening blades. Participants should aim to complete at least one project during the workshop.
  2. Veneer application techniques including cutting straight edges, book matching veneers (2 and 4 leaf), flattening curled veneers and gluing veneers to a backing board.
  3. Discussion of designs that can be useful for marquetry projects.
  4. Use of patterns including parquetry and Louis cubes. Examine different styles of borders and frames.
  5. Preparing a completed piece for finishing, use of scrapers, sanding and application of finish.

The workshop will cater for a maximum of 10 participants and the cost is $100.00. Each participant will be provided with five sheets of veneer (200 x 300 mm), and a set of backing boards. Funds from the workshop will assist the Guild in completing the Shed refurbishment.

Payment should be made to the Guild bank account (BSB: 062-908, Account #: 00911217). Please notify the Treasurer (treasurer@woodcraftguild.org.au) and Robin when you have paid. Participation will be in order of payment. You will then be sent a list of equipment that will be required for the workshop.

Spoon carving workshop with Jeff Donne – March

WHERE: The Shed, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah.
WHEN: 23-24 March 2019 – 9:00am to 4:30pm
COST: $200 contact Richard by email or 0408 5666 73

You’ll begin with a simple cooking spoon to cover basic knife work and axe carving, then progress to a more complex Swedish serving spoon with kolrosing for handle decoration.

Jeff will provide everything you need including wood, but feel free to bring any axes, knives, hooks, gouges, scorps, small adzes, shaving horses/mules and wood you feel might be useful.

Jeff will have tools for sale.

Morning & afternoon tea provided, but bring your own lunch.


Information about past workshops can be viewed here.