7.30pm, Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Artefact Furniture Visit

Guest Speakers: Byron Raleigh and Anke Kindle, Artefact Furniture

Artefact Furniture is run by partners Byron Raleigh and Anke Kindle. Between them, they have won numerous awards including at the National Timber and Working with Wood Show, Australian Wood Review Recycled Wood Competition and Fringe Furniture Best Product.

Artefact uses traditional joinery methods to ensure their designs will stand the test of time, producing both designs ready to order, and bespoke one-off pieces. Their work can be seen at http://www.artefactfurniture.com.au.

Artefact Furniture Workshop
13/167 Beavers Rd,
Northcote 3070

Access via Beavers Rd
Click here for a map: https://goo.gl/maps/CGnKbkAvPM92



7.30pm, Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Annual General Meeting

The Hotham Room
North Melbourne Library
66 Errol St
North Melbourne

We look forward to seeing you tonight at 7.30pm.

Click here for a map: https://goo.gl/maps/CGnKbkAvPM92



10.30am - 12.00pm, Thursday 29 September, 2016

Tour of Maton Guitars Workshop

Note there is a limit of 12 people max for this tour, so anyone interested will need to book a place by contacting Stephen Ziguras - at stephen@ecowooddesign.com.au.

Maton Guitars specialises in creating superbly crafted guitars from Australian timbers such as Blackwood, bunya, Queensland Maple, Queensland Walnut and now Satin Box. After being based in Bayswater for many years, the company relocated to a larger facility in Box Hill, in an attempt to satisfy the overwhelming demand for the handcrafted instruments. The new purpose built facility is four times the size of the old factory in Bayswater.

In the early 1940s, Melbourne jazz musician Bill May established a custom guitar manufacturing and repair business. This enterprise was so successful that Bill's older brother, Reg joined him as a full time guitar maker in 1946 and the 'Maton Musical Instruments Company' was born.  Bill May pioneered the use of many Australian wood species in guitar construction and is regarded by many Australian luthiers as the founding father of their industry.

Thursday 29 September
10.30am - 12.00 noon
6 Clarice Rd
Box Hill 3128


7.30pm, Wednesday 22 June, 2016

Guest Speaker: Kevin Inkster, CEO Arbortech - Ideas into Products

Arbortech is one of Australia's most innovative and successful tool designers and manufacturers, known particularly for its range of carving tools. Kevin will discuss the design and development process that goes into turning ideas into new products. He will also show different applications and uses of the tools.

As an added bonus, Kevin will be offering a significant discount equal to the Woodshow prices to members who buy Arbortech products on the night.

Wednesday 22 June at 7.30pm
Large Meeting Room
The Meat Market
5 Courtney St
North Melbourne

Note:  If the front door is closed, there will be instructions on the door for calling the meeting room.


7.30pm, Wednesday 18 May, 2016


Why Timber Changes Colour
Rohan Baker, Chemical Engineer at Preschem, will talk about why timber changes colour over time and the effect of weathering. He will also talk about ways that colour changes and greying can be prevented or minimised, and how timber preservatives work.

Rohan has 17 years working for Preschem, an Australian company established by Chris Macevoy (formerly of the CSIRO) to manufacture timber preservatives and exterior finishes. Rohan’s experience includes product development for remedial timber preservative systems and exterior timber finishes. He is also a member of the industry body, the International Research Group for Wood Preservatives (IRG-WP).

Rohan's Presentations:

Discolouration of Timber.pdf (430k)

Radial Timber Australia - Sawmill.pdf (5 MB)

Rohan has also written an informative article on timber discolouration: Why Timber Changes Colour - Feel free to use the comments section of the article to post any questions.


Wednesday 18 May at 7.30pm
Large Meeting Room
The Meat Market
5 Courtney St
North Melbourne

7.30pm, Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Visit to Andrew Potocnik's Workshop
10 Ruthven Street, Macleod West, 3085.
Park in side streets and enter through main garage door.



Andrew Potocnik is one of Australia’s best known wood turners. His work is held in collections around the world and has featured in numerous publications over the last twenty years. He is a regular contributor to Australian Wood Review, and woodturning journals in the UK and the USA.

Andrew says "As an artist, I continually find inspiration to explore new directions in creating objects from wood. As a teacher, I try to pass information on to my students, hoping that they too will be inspired to explore wood. Celebrating it as a living material that grows around us, as a material that can give voice to ideas conjured in our minds, as a material that says something about our culture and world."

Andrew will give us a tour of his workshop, and talk about his inspirations and approach to his work.

Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/KasRVAX4Y2N2

7.30pm, Wednesday 23 March, 2016

Makers' floor talk at Create from a Crate Exhibition
Hatch Gallery, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe, 3079

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As part of the Create from a Crate Exhibition, the next Members meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm at the Hatch Gallery, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe, 3079.

Makers who have entered a piece in the exhibition will talk about how they used the material available, the inspiration for their piece, techniques and processes used, and any particular issues they encountered in using the timber from crates. Sure to be a fascinating and inspiring presentation!

Hatch Contemporary Art Space, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe, 3079


7.30pm, Wednesday 24 February, 2016

14 Roosevelt Street, Coburg North  VIC 3058



Timbecon was originally started as a retail shop in May 1989 to meeting growing demand for woodworking machinery, tools and accessories. Since its humble beginnings in 1989, Timbecon has grown from being a small independent hardware retailer to becoming one of Australia’s leading woodworking tools suppliers with stores in both Perth and Melbourne.

The business has been shaped by the customers - looking at the requests that received for new and unusual tools from all corners of the globe and sourcing these - meaning that they have a range of tools from both Australian as well as many overseas suppliers that offer great quality and value-for-money.

Special!: Trade discount of 5-15% on most products for those attending on the night.

Timbecon. 14 Roosevelt Street, Coburg North VIC 3058