If you want to learn to crack a whip, make chop sticks, buy handmade tools and discuss designs with local furniture makers Illawarra Festival of Wood is a great way to spent the weekend!
Earlybird tickets and sixteen different workshopsare now on sale for one of Australia’s leading Woodworking festivals and its only the second year – the Illawarra Festival of Wood.
More than 8,000 people are expected to pass through the gates of Bulli Showground on the weekend of October 12, 13 and 14 to immerse themselves in workshops, sculptures and craftsmanship.
There will be woodchopping, wood carving, wood sculpting, wood turning and more, as experts from across the country come together for a series of displays, demonstrations and workshops.
There’s classes for women-only with SALT and Jo Saccomani, the opportunity to re-create the Jimmy Possum chair and the Cobb and Co Coach will be there. There will be traditional Maori woodcarving and a man from Tahmoor who will be demonstrating howto repair wagon wheels!
The brainchild of Stuartand Suzanne Montague from Illawarra Woodwork School, the festival is quickly gaining notoriety throughout the Australian woodworking community.
“We really wanted to create an authentic experience for people who love all things handmade,” says Stuart. “People are embracing the value of creating things with their hands and it’s a really important part of our lives. We are big fans of a similar event in Maleny in QLD and wanted to do something similar here.”
Suzanne is an experienced events organiser and has many Scarborough School Art shows under her belt. “There are so many local woodworkers and many more on the South Coast and Southern Highlands,” she says. “This festival gives people who love to work with wood the opportunity to come together and share their techniques and it gives people who are keen to get started somewhere to begin.
“We’ve had three generations of the same family attend past events. It’s an event that has something for everyone.”
Suzanne says there’s a real joy to being able to create with your hands.
“People are reaching a point of realisation,” she says. “Money and property are not the be-all and end-all. Illawarra Woodwork School is evidence of that. It’s like a little community where people come to share time, ideas and even food!
“The ‘Illawarra Festival of Wood’ is a place people can come to learn a skill, appreciate timber creations, and spend a day with the family.”
There will be music throughout the days, local entertainer Heidi Hula Hoop will be the MC over the weekend.
So if you want to learn to crack a whip, make chop sticks, buy handmade tools and discuss designs with local furniture makers Illawarra Festival of Wood is a great way to spent the weekend.
A portion of all ticket sales goes to OzHarvest to support people in need.
Buy your tickets now at:- www.illawarrafestivalofwood.com