Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of October 2017

Every Tree has a story


Preserving & Inspiring The Tradition Of Working With Wood.

The festival will be showcasing local & regional wood artisans as well as celebrating a variety of wood related crafts & forest industries.

The wood related industries would be spoon carving, knife makers, traditional toolmakers, timber surfboard makers, woodturning, basket weaving, jewellery, floristry, sculpture and timber milling. 

Each stall will have a wood artisan demonstrating their craft. The public will be able to learn, reconnect, discover and discuss woodwork with these skilled makers.

The festival will offer a variety of workshops over the two days. The workshops and the cost will be announced closer to the festival dates. These workshops will be  in different lengths and categories : Children 5 - 8 years / 9 - 12 years/ 12 - 17 years / Over 18 years.




The Festival runs from Friday 6th to Saturday 7th October 10am to 5pm.

Stall holders note*
Setup is on Thursday the 5th October.



Bulli Showground/ Raceway

Grevillea Park Rd, Bulli NSW 2516

The people behind the Festival

This inaugural event was the brainchild of Stuart Montague from The Illawarra Woodwork School and Christian Timbs from Japanese Tools, who both have a long association with the fine woodwork industry. Stuart & Christian decided to tap into the enormous interest in woodworking by organising a festival.The festival is returning woodworking back to its grassroots where people can enjoy hands on experience and learn about the tools, the skills and the craft of wood artisians. Part of the inspiration behind the festival, explains Christian, is to rekindle the style of woodworking show from years ago where it meant more than just an opportunity to sell finished products.

Japanese Tools Australia

Christian is a furniture designer/maker working from a workshop in Southern Sydney. His background and experience extends from cabinet making in the UK, to studying furniture design in Tasmania under well known craftsmen, to working in Japan making furniture. Apart from his background in wood work, he has a very fortunate connection with Japan through his marriage with Tomoko. This has landed Christian in a position to setup Japanese Tools and allows him to sell the tools he uses every day in his profession.

Illawarra Woodwork School

Stuart has been making furniture for over 30 years, and is a third generation furniture maker. Stuart has a trade background in cabinetmaking as well as a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Tasmania with a major in Design in Wood. This allows him to have a diverse background, from traditional French and English furniture through to contemporary . Stuart has exhibited both nationally and internationally with work held overseas in private collections. Stuart began teaching at the Illawarra Woodwork School under its founder, Rob Chapman in 2012. In 2014 Stuart became the director and principal teacher of the  Illawarra Woodwork School with his wife Suzanne.

Meet The Makers


The Illawarra Woodwork School started in 2005 by Robert Chapman. Stuart Montague joined Illawarra Woodwork School in 2012. The initials projects are there to introduce the workshop and to teach hand skills. We have a range of first projects mirror frame, wooden mallet, chopping board and a jewellery box. As your skills increase, further projects include dining tables, cabinets, chairs and stools.

Japanese Tools Australia

Japanese Tools sells high quality hand tools used for all types of crafts and skills. Centuries of experience behind these tools and the stories that tell them, reflects in the fine work done by craftsmen. Japan has a vast history of hand made tools across many disciplines.

Vesper Tools

Since 1998, Vesper Tools is a small Australian business with a passion for making the highest quality and best value for money woodworking hand tools available in the world.


Timberbits - Helping you create with wood.I am David Lim and I started Timberbits in 2008. What started as a hobby is now a full time passion.

The Billinudgel Wood

The Billinudgel Wood Working Company was created after 30 years "hands on" experience in the hardwood timber industry. Founder woodcrafts- man, Stan Ceglinski, made a conscious decision to utilise gained skills and knowledge, carrying out salvaged timber and milling operations, to cater to the Australian and international market.

Jim Davey - Hand Tools

Jim Davey is all about Sharp, Sharp Planes and Sharpening. Experience the joy of quality tools for sharpening and the results produced. Tips about Sharpening, Tuning and maintenance of sharpening equipment. Stay Sharp, Jim.


Total Tools have been passionately servicing Australia for more than 30 years. We stock the widest range of the world's biggest professional tool brands, with the newest tools always available online and in store.  

Allwood specialty timbers

The furniture I really love to make, explores contradictions, opposites, misdirection and surprise, whether this is achieved through textures, shapes, function or just perception.   I like to incorporate ideas derived from architecture and nature and I like furniture which has some complexity in the construction.

Constant Whittler

 Constant - Whittler , Mostly carving related.


Native Australian garden design. Servicing Southern Sydney Thirroul Austinmer Coledale Bulli Kiama Wollongong Sutherland Shire Illawarra.

Bradley Van Luyt

Left handed time waster, rust collector and just another bloody spoon carver...


Inspired by history & shaped for surfers, each board is a functional handcrafted collection piece using sustainable materials. 





Heartwood Creative Woodworking

At Heartwood Creative Woodworking you can master the traditional skills of creating beautiful objects in wood.

Hape Kiddle

Hape Kiddle works from his studio in Yenda, andhas been creating since the age of six; crafting, building, constructing with anything he could hold in his grubby little fingers. Thinking back he remembers finding pumice stone in the Rangitikei and Hautapu Rivers in the Manawatu Region of New Zealand sculpting them to shapes and forms of all kinds.


For a lifetime I have loved the medium of timber. As a child I was fascinated with building treehouses. I went onto become a high school woodwork teacher. I had the opportunity to build my own home and various furniture items. Today I package it all as ‘woodstories’.


Styro Pyrography: Pyrographic art involves burning images or decoration on wood, leather and bone among other materials with a heated tool or poker.


At Coasties Big Shed, we live by the motto: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose."We are the place to find items for renovations, repairs or even something to repurpose.


SALT - Providing support to tradeswomen in Australia including apprentices and women seeking to work in the trades. Promoting women in the trades.

Sydney & Southern tree Services

As a locally owned and operated family business, we have a genuine passion for trees and the environment and pride ourselves on using the correct and safest methods for all our services.

Coalcoast Floristry


SawPit Gully Chainsaw Carving started in 2016 in the beautiful town of Creswick Victoria Australia

Dovetails for Diggers

Dovetails For Diggers is marching forward with the intent to provide an essential service to adversely affected Veterans and Emergency Services personnel.

Urban Timber

Urban Timber strives  for sustainable solutions, using recycled timber and reclaimed felled trees. We use Australian hardwoods and can incorporate other innovative materials including concrete, laminates, steel and textiles. We love the frisson that emanates when unusual materials are combined.




leon sadubin designs

Leon Sadubin has had a significant impact on furniture design and making in Australia. Since 1976 he has participated actively in the craft movement and initiated an exhibition in 1978 which led to the formation of the Woodworkers Association of NSW of which he is an Honorary Life Member.

Meraki Makers

My signature item thus far #leaves #leaf #marquetry #olivewood #pretty#veneer #veneering #handcut #handmade

Sarah Bourke

Sarah's home and studio in Chinnock is nestled amongst the bush north of Tathra on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia.Combining her silversmithing and woodworking skills

Heirloom Woodcarving by Joe Papac

Combining a Teaching career at Holsworthy High School, together with 'Woodcarving' becameall embracing in terms of commitment, time and passion and as such, played a vital role in terms of Joe's personal and professional development.


The Gifkins Dovetail jig is a beautifully designed tool that delivers precise joints every time. It is designed to be used on an under-table mounted router. No special fittings are needed—the jig works brilliantly with any router in any table. The standard package contains all you need to cut perfect dovetails or finger joints. You provide dressed and sanded timber and one or two clamps and you’re ready to start!


All Arbortech woodworking tools are designed with free form, power carving in mind. They are efficient and fun alternatives to traditional woodworking tools, helping woodworkers, wood artists and wood sculptors around the world achieve more in less time.

PCA traditional Furniture

Small local family run furniture business in Corrimal, servicing the Sydney and so...

Against the Grain

A veterans woodworking group helping modern Australian veterans separating from the ADF.


We provide a range of timber machining services. From machining flat that slab to wide belt sanding. All Class supply a wide range of unique board stock. Elm, Gidgee, Hairy Oak, Queensland Walnut, She Oak, Bulloke, Mountain Ash, Red Gum and many more.




















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Visitors Info


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Opening hours - Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October / 10am - 5pm .

Food - An array of Food stalls & coffee will be available.

ATM onsite at the festival. Please note there may be a long queue. 

FIRST AID - Available on site.

WHERE ARE WE? - View Map

ENTRY FEE - $15 Adult,  $12 Concession and under 18years free.


TRAIN STATIONS - Bulli Station to Bulli Showground 11 mins walk

PARKING - Ample parking available on site. Gold coin donation to local Mens Shed.

TOILETS - Well equipped with toilets.

DISABLE ACCESS - Bulli Showground is a disable accessible venue.



Please contact us either directly or using our form if you are a wood artisan and would like to be a stallholder or would like any additional information.

Suzanne Montague - 0401 258 422
Stuart Montague - 0438 510 145
Christian Timbs - 0412 011 160

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