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  • 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 😉

  • A note from the VWA President

    20 Nov 2021 News

    At the end of another long, disrupted year (is it 2021 or still 2020? It feels a bit like that!), we are all feeling some relief at the easing of COVID restrictions and getting back to something like normal. Over the last few months, we’ve been working on getting our regular newsletter going again, which you should have received in your inbox already.

    We hope to produce this every month or two thanks to the work of our newsletter committee: William Mattysen, Andrew Potocnik, Pip Hayden, Raven Mahon and Adam Markowitz, led by Vivienne Wong and supported by Sophie Sideris from Hortenzia.

    With this newsletter we’ll be introducing a regular member profile. This will be a short bio of one of our members and their work, and some examples of pieces they’ve made. We would love to include as many members as we can in our newsletters and on our website. If you’d be happy to participate, please email Vivienne at communications@vwa.org.au

    Finally, the VWA is the sum of its members, if you have news you’d like to share with other woodworkers and craftspeople, please drop us a line!

    Stephen Ziguras
    President, Victorian Woodworker’s Association

  • November School and Wood Design Centre Updates

    21 Nov 2021 News

    After an interrupted year, we’ve welcomed back our Term 3 students to see out the year, picking up where they left off prior to the most recent lockdown.

    To comply with government mandates, all attendees to the School must be fully vaccinated and must wear a mask at all times.

    In the workshop, we’re excited to announce the purchase of a new router for the router table, with a new cordless trim router and plunge saw with guide rails, as well as a new rack, paint and glue-up sink.

  • Upcoming Events: Maleny Expo and Wootha Prize

    21 Nov 2021 News

    The entries for the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize are now open! 

    Not since May 2019 have thousands of people had the pleasure of a woodworking pilgrimage to Maleny in the Queensland Sunshine Coast to partake in all things wood. But now it’s time to take note that April 31 – May 2, 2022 are the dates set for the sorely missed Maleny Expo and Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize exhibition. 

    Find out more information on the Maleny Wood Expo website here https://www.malenywoodexpo.com/

  • Meet our Members

    21 Nov 2021 News

    We’re excited to introduce Meet our Members. Every month we will be profiling our incredible members on social media, in our newsletter and on our website. 

    If you would like to get involved please email Vivienne at communications@vwa.org.au to express your interest!