11 December, 2012 - Christmas Drinks
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne

30 October, 2012 - Blueprint Furniture

The VWA is offering our members and interested visitors a unique visit to Blueprint Furniture at 183 Laurens Street, North Melbourne. (Mel ref.2A E10).

Blueprint Furniture has established a vibrant furniture manufacturing business using reclaimed timber.
A meeting not to be missed! Drinks and snacks provided.

Time and Location:
183 Laurens St

North Melbourne (Mel ref 2A E10)

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/VqHOq

23 October, 2012 - Annual General Meeting

Small Conference Room
Meat Market
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne

4 September, 2012 - Fisher Cricket Bats

Lachlan Fisher - master cricket bat maker - will guide us through his workshop in Kingsville where his bats are made.

Lachlan has worked professionally as a bat maker for 19 years and has  produced  over  12,000  hand made bats.

Lachlan will  take us  through  his wonderful  craft  from  tree  to  the finished cricket bat.

Time & Location:
Fisher Cricket Bats
126-128 Williamstown Rd
Kingsville     VIC     3012

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/JIf3F

26 June, 2012 - "Meet the Tenants"

At this meeting our 5 tenants will be presenting a brief introduction to themselves, their career backgrounds, some of the work they have undertaken since being tenants at the Wood Design Centre, and their aspirations.

This is an opportunity for members to connect with the young blood of the industry, and for the tenants to meet and connect more with the VWA,

Time & Location:
Meat Market Conference Room
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Igjs

29 May, 2012

Dharpa Djama - Wood Work
Damien Wright Studios
16/167 Beavers Rd
Northcote. 3070

Link to Map: http://g.co/maps/rbnsf

The VWA welcomes Bonhula Yunupingu of Gunyangara  East Arnhem Land to Melbourne.

Bonhula is a Yolngu man from the Gumatj clan who are establishing a forestry programme and furniture studio on their community.
In 2010 at the request of Gumatj clan leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu, VWA president Damien Wright and his family relocated to  Gunyangara to help establish the furniture studio.
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Bonhula Yunupingu was made the Yolngu mentor. Together Damien and Bonhula set up a workshop and designed and made furniture with Gadayka, the local Darwin Stringybark.
Yolngu people have, for tens of thousands of years, used woodcraft and joinery techniques in the construction of art, boats, tools, weapons, musical instruments, and buildings. Despite the effects of colonization, these skills continue as part of the ritual of daily life. A goal of the Gumatj furniture project is to teach the European skills of furniture making and to develop a collaborative design aesthetic and process. But it is also to teach Balander (white people) about their skills, their life, their values.

Bonhula and Damien will give an illustrated talk on the Dharpa Djama studio and introduce the concept of Bala-ga-lilil -
Two ways Learning.


1 May 2012 - 7.30pm

A VWA Special Event!

Upstairs Meeting Room
North Melbourne Town Hall
Corner of Errol St and Queensberry St, North Melbourne.

Map below and also: http://g.co/maps/7qasr


 We are honouring two of our most treasured members.

Firstly: Former Secretary Jane La Scala who will be inducted as a life member of the VWA.

As Secretary of the VWA for many years, Jane's intelligent, energetic, generous, committed and passionate approach to wood work and the wood working community has been a great gift to us all. Join us in acknowledging Jane's contribution.

Secondly: We are coming together to celebrate the incredible working life of Vic Wood.
Anyone involved in wood-turning and wood working in Australia will be familiar with the work of Vic Wood. Many will have been taught, mentored or influenced by his work and demonstrations throughout Australia and the world.

Vic is one of our own. He is a founding member of the VWA, a past president and a Life Member.

On Australia Day, Vic's outstanding contribution to the wood working was formally recognised with a Medal of Order Of Australia - OAM.

We'd like to collectively congratulate Vic on his achievement. We have invited Vic to do a presentation of his life in wood.

This is an opportunity to come together - new and old members alike.
Vic and Jane's work has touched us all
Get the word out. Make sure you don't miss this unique event.
Make sure your wood working colleagues are present too.
Let us honour and respect our own.

Supper and drinks will be provided.



North Melbourne Town Hall

28 February 7.30pm

At the workshop of Will Goodsir
5 Parer St, Reservoir

Map: http://g.co/maps/3atqh


TableDovetail-small.jpgGoodsir and Otto P/L is a joinery and furniture company established in Nov. 2010. Wil Goodsir and Andrew Otto have worked together as independent sole practioners on various projects over the past 19 years. Wil is a registered architect and Andrew is a qualified pattern maker.

G & O is creating a unique business by combining traditional woodcraft skills with contemporary manufacturing and computer aided design. This relationship requires the differences between the individual and the mass produced to be resolved.

Building networks with industry and outsourcing manufacturing offers G&O the resources to deliver projects far greater in complexity than our workshop alone could achieve. We are building the human resources required to piece together the jigsaw of parts made by today’s machines.

At the same time we search for opportunities to keep our furniture making skills and love of wood alive.




13 December 7.30pm: Christmas Drinks
Meat Market Conference Room
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne