2017 Double Take in Wood
VWA 2017 Double Take in Wood exhibition
VWA Exhibitions

2017 Double Take in Wood

Manningham Art Gallery

687 Doncaster Rd,
Doncaster VIC 3108

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Double Take in Wood, was a juried exhibition of Australian contemporary woodwork with two distinct starting points.

Take 1 – Fine Woodworking
Showcasing the breadth and talent in Australian wood design.

Take 2 – Create from a Crate
Challenging woodworkers to make a beautiful object or furniture piece from discarded timber pallets and crates.

Exhibition Winners

We are excited to announce the talented woodworkers who were awarded prizes in our 2017 Double Take in Wood Exhibition

Benjamin Joel Reddan

The Victorian Woodworkers Association – Best in Show Award
City Rural Insurance Broker – People's Choice Award

Angelo Toppi

Smart Recycling – Most Creative use of Timber Packaging Waste Award

Randal Kohn

Design & Innovation Award

Joshua Stevens

Turning/Sculpture Award

Hamish Hill

Timbecon – Cabinet Making Award (Create from a Crate)

Matt Potter

Timbecon – Cabinet Making Award (Fine Woodworking)

Christoper Neal

Victorian Woodworkers Association – President's Award

Judges Commendations

Gregory Smyth, Adam Markowitz, Bernard Chandley

Chris Tomoya James, Grant Vaughan, William Matthysen


Create from a Crate

Alex SpringallAndrew Potocnik
Angelo ToppiBenjamin Harry Field
Bryan HarrisDavid Hall
Frank DuykerGregory Smyth
Hamish HillNicholas Coyle
Peter HarrisRaf Nathan
Thanh Duong

Fine Woodworking

Adam MarkowitzAlex Springall
Andrew PotocnikBailey Mcfarlane Farmer
Benjamin Joel ReddanBernard Chandley
Bryan CushChris Tomoya James
Christopher NealDamion Fauser
David HallFrank Duyker
Grant VaughanHamish Hill
James J JackmanJoshua Stevens
Kate SmallLorraine Le Plastrier
Malcolm MorganMark Andrew Wakeham
Matt PotterWilliam Matthysen
Matthew BoothMingus Rose
Neale ThompsonNicholas Coyle
Peter StibiljPhoebe Everill
Raf NathanRandall Kohn
Russel DavidsonStephen Ziguras

Exhibition Information

Double Take in Wood is an exploration of new generation woodwork that celebrates the paring of age-old techniques and materials with contemporary design and technology. The exhibition will bring together furniture, sculpture, functional and decorative objects, featuring pieces from some of Australia's most celebrated makers.  

A panel of prominent and respected woodworkers, designers and arts professionals will judge the exhibition with a prize pool of over $10,000. 

Exhibition categories

Fine Woodworking

A showcase of Australian woodwork that pays respect to traditional techniques, fine craftsmanship and functionality whilst pushing the boundaries of contemporary design.

Create from a Crate

Inviting Australian woodworkers, designers and makers to rise to the challenge of making a beautiful object or furniture piece from rough and discarded timber pallets and crates. 

The work will  provide an engaging way to shine a spotlight on the environmental impact of timber packaging waste.

Public Programs

Meet the Makers

Pop-by the gallery any Saturday during the exhibition to meet the VWA woodworkers. They will be on-hand to answer your questions and walk you through the exhibit.

Saturday, 21 Oct / 28 Oct / 4 Nov / 11 Nov
VWA Members Catch-Up

All welcome.
Join the VWA members for an exhibition floor walk and discussion. This event will provide an experts view of the techniques and skills utilised by the master craftspeople who are showcased in the exhibition. This is also a great opportunity to find out more about the Victorian Woodworkers Association's membership programs and benefits.

Wednesday, 25 Oct
6 - 8pm
Free Event
‘Let’s Work in Wood’ Kids Recycled Wood Workshop

Take inspiration from the Double Take in Wood Exhibition to create a wooden train from industrial timber packaging. Suitable for ages 5 – 8.

Saturday, 21 Oct
11am – 12noon and 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Cost: $10, bookings essential on 9840 9382.
Seniors Morning Tea and Floor Talk

Join John Monument, long-time member of the Victorian Woodworkers Association for morning tea and hear them discuss the work on show at the Double Take in Wood Exhibition.

Friday, 27 Oct
10am – 12pm
Lunchtime Talk and Soup

Join exhibitor, Hamish Hill and Victorian Woodworkers Association Exhibition sub-committee member John Monument for a discussion about the exhibition and their work over a cup of soup.

Tuesday, 31 Oct
12.30pm – 1.30pm

Proudly supported by Grollo Homes & Manningham Art Gallery.

Judges & Prizes


Dr Alex Selenitsch

Dr Alex Selenitsch is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne. He has taught architectural design, theory and history at Deakin University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne and has championed the inclusion of wood design and construction in architectural course curriculum.His creative practice ranges from literature and graphics to sculpture, furniture and architecture A survey of his work titled LIFE/TEXT was held at Heide, MOMA, Melbourne in 2015/2016.

Linda Nathan

Linda Nathan is print and online editor of Australian Wood Review, Australia’s foremost magazine for fine woodworkers. As well as authoring hundreds of articles she has curated several exhibitions, and conceived and judged many competitions and awards schemes for woodworkers.

Ward Petherbridge

Ward Petherbridge is the owner of commercial timber waste recycling firm Smart Recycling. He was the instigator and co-founder of the Victorian Woodworkers Association's successful Create from a Crate Exhibition and is also a VWA Committee Member and a keen collector of fine woodworking. 

Adam Stewart

Adam Stewart is a long-term Victorian Woodworker Association (VWA) member. A successful and highly respected woodworker, he has a keen eye for design and innovation. Adam was previously a tenant of the Association’s prestigious residency program and a teacher at the VWA School of Woodcraft. 

Davey Warnock

Davey Warnock is the Cultural Programs Officer at Manningham City Council and the exhibition co-curator


We are excited to announce the 2017 prizes are valued at over $10,000.

The Victorian Woodworkers Association – Best in Show Award$3,000
Smart Recycling – Most Creative Use of Timber Packaging Waste Award
*Create from a Crate entrants only
City Rural Insurance Brokers – People's Choice Award$1,000
Design & Innovation Award$500 + Mirka Deros sander valued at $847 from Best Abrasives.
Timbecon – Cabinet Making Award (Create from a Crate)$500 + $250 Timbecon voucher
Timbecon – Cabinet Making Award (Fine Woodworking)$500 + $250 Timbecon voucher
Turning/Sculpture Award$1,000
The Victorian Woodworkers Association – President’s Award12 month membership to Handkrafted – valued at $360.00


We would like to thank the following organisations for their support:

Founding Partner
Major Partners
Exhibition Partners
Media Partner
Prize Partner
Supporting Prize Partners
  • Mirka
  • Best Abrasives
  • Handkrafted

Entry Conditions

Applications have now closed for Double Take in Wood.  

For information about the jurying process, key dates, conditions of sale and deliveries please refer to the conditions of entry. 

  • View all VWA Exhibitions
  • 2016 Create from a Crate
  • 2019 Piano Transformation

Contact Us

Victorian Woodworkers Association (VWA)
Postal Address

42 Courtney St,
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
03 5776 2178

VWA Wood Design Centre and Workshop

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North Melbourne, VIC 3051
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