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  • Event: Members meeting at Ceres Fair wood 29th Oct

    25 Oct 2022 Featured News

    This Saturday, 29 October, we will be meeting at CERES Fair Wood to find out a bit more about how this innovative timber supplier operates.

    A tour of the warehouse by Hayden Cronin (Manager, CERES Fair Wood) will allow VWA members to hear firsthand about CERES Fair Wood as a social enterprise and its efforts to provide a sustainable and transparent timber market.

    When: Saturday 29 October 10:00am – 11:30am (Morning tea on arrival)

    Where: CERES Fair Wood, 31-33 Raglan Street, Preston Vic 3072

    What is Ceres?

    In 1982 from the passion and commitment of the local community CERES (pronounced ‘series’) was born on the banks of the Merri Creek – a 10 acre ex-tip site transformed into an organic farm, community garden, environmental demonstration centre and kids playground. Today CERES runs extensive environmental and cultural education programs for children and adults, with approximately 1 million people visiting the Brunswick East park, learning in affiliated schools or interacting online.

    CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice and has won many awards including the United Nations Australia World Environment Day Award and Premiers Sustainability Award. It proudly maintains its financial and political independence, largely through it’s social enterprises including CERES Fair Wood, Fair Food Joe’s Market Garden, CERES Nursery, the Merri Cafe, and the Organic Grocery and Bakery. Find out about them all here.

  • Machine room bookings November

    27 Oct 2022 Featured News

    VWA members can book a place to use the machine room for timber machining on the first Sunday of every month from 1.00 – 4.00pm. The cost is $30 per hour.

    The next date for the Machine Room bookings is the 6th of November

    Machining is supervised by long standing woodworker and respected teacher Carl Lutz.

    Members must have previous experience in using machinery and/or have undertaken at least one term of a Victorian School of Woodwork class or equivalent. Current students can also book the machine room at this time, but the classroom will not be available.

    To book a spot, please fill out the form at:  https://vwa.org.au/membership/machine-room-booking/

  • Event: Sturt School of Wood graduation and exhibition – Cambium

    27 Oct 2022 Featured News

    Sturt School for Wood is a renowned year-long intensive course guided by the world’s finest master furniture makers. 

    Book to go along and see the graduation and exhibition, ‘Cambium’ by 2022 Sturt School students. Official opening by Jon Goulder (@jongoulder) from Jon Goulder Studio Saturday 19 November 2022 10:45 AM – Sunday 20 November 2022

    Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/972544

  • The Victorian Craft Awards Exhibition

    29 Apr 2022 News

    Exhibition: 5th April – 21st May at Watson Place gallery.
    Link: https://craft.org.au/whats-on/all-events/victorian-craft-awards/

    Established in 2015 and now in its fourth iteration, the Victorian Craft Awards is Australia’s only awards event solely dedicated to craft and design. This year’s awards were initially postponed from September 2021 due to ongoing lockdowns, and features 59 finalists from a variety of disciplines. Head across to Craft Victoria’s gallery on Watsons Place to view all the finalists pieces. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials, including emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.

    Here are some of the Furniture maker finalists who entered. 

  • Machine room bookings

    29 Apr 2022 News

    VWA members can book a place to use the machine room for timber machining on the first Sunday of every month from 1.00 – 4.00pm. The cost is $30 per hour.

    May’s machine room will be open on May 8th, not the 1st.

    Machining is supervised by long standing woodworker and respected teacher Carl Lutz.

    Members must have previous experience in using machinery and/or have undertaken at least one term of a Victorian School of Woodwork class or equivalent. Current students can also book the machine room at this time, but the classroom will not be available.

    To book a spot, please fill out the form at:  https://vwa.org.au/membership/machine-room-booking/

  • Machine room bookings

    3 Mar 2022 News

    VWA members can book a place to use the machine room for timber machining on the first Sunday of every month from 1.00 – 4.00pm. The cost is $30 per hour.

    Machining is supervised by long standing woodworker and respected teacher Carl Lutz.

    Members must have previous experience in using machinery and/or have undertaken at least one term of a Victorian School of Woodwork class or equivalent. Current students can also book the machine room at this time, but the classroom will not be available.

    To book a spot, please fill out the form at:  https://vwa.org.au/membership/machine-room-booking/

  • Residency Applications

    3 Mar 2022 News

    The VWA runs a three year Artists in Residency program for emerging fine woodworkers, which provides a well-equipped and supportive environment at low cost while residents are establishing their practice.

    Applicants should generally have training in fine woodwork, some recent industry experience, a portfolio of existing work, and a business plan for how they intend to develop their practice and business in the three years of the program.

    Successful applicants are also asked to participate in the broader activities of the VWA, and to work cooperatively with each other and teachers and students at the Victorian School of Woodwork.

    Two positions are available, one is currently vacant and the other will become vacant in around the middle of 2022. Applications will be open until 5.00pm Friday 25th March.

    More details and the application form can be found at: https://vwa.org.au/residency/

  • Happy Holidays

    22 Dec 2021 News

    As we head towards the end of another peculiar year, on behalf of the VWA Committee of Management I’d like to wish you all the best for the holiday season.

    While lots of things have again been disrupted this year, we hope to return to something like normal next year, with the school back in full swing and regular members meetings.

    We hope to see you in the New Year.

  • Introducing our new Committee

    22 Dec 2021 News

    At this year’s AGM, the new volunteer committee for the Victorian Woodworker’s Association was formed for the upcoming year.

    President: Stephen Ziguras

    Vice President: Adam Markowitz

    Secretary: Pip Haydon

    Treasurer: Robert Allan

    General Committee Members: Stephen Farquhar, Gregory Allan, Vivienne Wong, Lana Kagan, Michael Crozier, Jerome Wielens, Raven Mahon, Alexsandra Pontonio, Andrew Potocnik, Isabel Avendano Hazbun, John Foster, Chris James

  • Summer Learning

    22 Dec 2021 News

    Looking for a new skill to learn over the holidays? A membership with Spoon Club with give you everything you need to know about spoon carving, with video tutorials and expert advice, tips and techniques. The membership isn’t just for novices either, experienced carvers can also pick up new tricks from the variety of content and access to a community of spoon carvers.

    The best part? It’s all online and can be accessed anywhere, anytime (with internet access of course). 

    It also makes a great last minute gift 😉