• Woodcraft Guild ACT Inc.

    If you are interested in woodcraft, the Guild is for you.
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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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    Woden ACT 2606


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Guidelines for the Use of the Guild’s Shed and Facilities for Workshops and Events


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

Wildlife nesting box workshop – 25-26 Jan

Help our displaced wildlife

The disastrous fires in the region have left many of our local wildlife with nowhere to live. Join in with the ACT Woodcraft Guild to make possum boxes. You can either make them at home in your own workshop or join with other guild members in a working bee on 25-26 January from 10am to 3pm.

There are any number of plans available for these boxes but the most simple and those most in need for the local area are those provided by Vivian Laycock.

Viv assures us that these are completely relevant for our immediate area. Alternatively, nest boxes for various species are available on the Animal Rescue Collective’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/arcmakers/files/.

Woodworkers of all levels are encouraged to attend the working bee. If you are interested in attending please email Karen on kazh1960@gmail.com.

We have sourced some timber for the working bee but if you want to clear out your woodstores we would really appreciate any 12-20mm ply or hardwood. Contact Karen if you are able to donate.

After the workshop Karen and Viv will arrange for them to be distributed to those in need.

Turning Cross-Grain Boxes – 2 Feb

with Richard Raffan and Craig Pennifold

WHERE: The Shed, Lions Youth Haven, Kambah.
WHEN: 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 ACTWG 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

Creative Weekend – 22-23 Feb

This will be couple of days of intense creativity for up to 20 people. It’s a chance to cast aside woody inhibitions and play with a range of materials, techniques, and other makers. There might be aesthetic and other disasters, but this doesn’t matter if you gain insights into design and techniques as a consequence.  Triumphs might inspire, but mistakes and disasters are design opportunities and an aid to learning.  You can work collaboratively or on your own project.

The challenge is to include a wheel.

WHERE: The SHED Lions Youth Haven, Kambah.
WHEN:  Starts 8.30 Saturday, ends 4pm Sunday     
COST: $20 to be paid on arrival

What to Bring

  • Anything that can be used to hack, hew, paint, colour, stain, burn, char, or otherwise alter wood, its surface, or a wooden object. Think chisels, gouges, Arbortecs, sanders, grinders, files, gas torches, wood burners. Please label YOUR tools.
  • Abrasives. The Guild has a limited range of abrasives you can use.
  • Paints, marker pens, wood dyes, chalks, sealers, oils for decorating and finishing.
  • Brushes, rags, solvents, tins, to apply above.
  • Safety gear: eye & hearing protection, respirators (if needed), gloves & anything else you need to work safely.  The Guild has some face masks & ear-muffs for general use.

Bring your own lunch . Morning / afternoon tea and Guild’s FREE biscuits provided.

At The Shed – for your use

  • Workbenches and tables – remember that sharing is a theme for the weekend.
  • General woodworking hand and power tools: drills, router, sander, angle grinder.
  • Table saw, drop saw, jointer, band saws, thicknesser, belt sander and lathes.      Members must be accredited to use the machines without supervision.
  • TIMBER – the Guild has a supply of timber that, depending on value, is either free or modestly priced.
  • Paint, stains, other timber finishes (a FEW paint brushes), limited abrasives.

Saturday evening – if participants wish to continue working beyond 5 pm, we can arrange to keep The Shed open, with dinner arranged by those who want to stay.  There is a Guild BBQ for your use.

Booking & Questions: Richard Raffan: raffanr@icloud.com or 0408 5666 73

Information about past workshops can be viewed here.