Celebrate the unique world of wood at the
2019 Illawarra Festival of Wood
Every tree has a story, so take a trip to Bulli on the serene South Coast of NSW this October 12 and 13 to see those stories come to life through a range of exciting workshops, exhibitions, performances and much more.
Enliven your senses and celebrate some of the world's most respected artisans with a love for wood who have honed their craft to share their skills and creations with you at this special event the whole family can be part of.
With a passion for preserving and inspiring the tradition of working with wood, a diverse selection of handpicked artisans from across the globe welcome you to roll up your sleeves and get some hands-on skills or simply sit back and relax to learn, reconnect, discover or discuss woodwork with skilled makers of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
In a world of mass consumer consumption, take time out to observe and appreciate the skills and craftsmanship of those working with wood and teach our next generations the value of this sustainable way of creating goods for the good of the planet, whilst rekindling a connection to the style of woodworking shows from years ago through authentic experiences.
Come along to this one-of-a-kind festival in beautiful Bulli just minutes from one of the best beaches on the South Coast for an up close and personal experience with some of the world's best spoon carvers, knife makers, traditional tool makers, timber surfboard makers and woodturners, with the opportunity to see some of the finest jewellery, floristry, sculpture, chainsaw carving, crafts, timber milling and more.
There will also be talks on forestry and wood-related industries, with a variety of workshops on across the weekend suitable for all ages and abilities (see website illawarrafestivalofwood.com.au for details).
With a selection of tasty gourmet food, a barista cafe and bar plus some top-notch live music and entertainment including free activities for the kids, you'll be spoiled for choice at this annual exciting event that celebrates a global love for wood!
Scroll down to view some of the action from last years festival.
The people behind the Festival
This inaugural event in 2017 was the brainchild of Stuart & Suzanne Montague from The Illawarra Woodwork School and Christian & Tomiko Timbs from Japanese Tools, who 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 is to rekindle the style of woodworking show from years gone by where it meant more than just an opportunity to sell finished products..
2019 Wood working EVENTS Calendar
QLD: 13 July 2019
Open Day & Craft Expo
Maryborough Woodturners and Woodcraftsmen Guild
Maryborough Showgrounds, QLD
USA: 17-20 July 2019
Las Vegas Convention Centre, USA
VIC: 13 July 2019
Australian International Furniture Fair
Retail displays and seminars, includes VIVID Design
VIC: 1-31st August 2019
Craft Cubed Festival
Exhibitions and public programs, Melbourne
WA: 2-4 August 2019
WA Wood Show & WA Craft Show
Includes Out of the Woods 2019 by Fine Woodwork Association (WA) Claremont Showgrounds, Exhibition Centre, Claremont, Western Australia
VIC: 8-11 August 2019
Wood Dust Designer Maker
Masterclasses, weekend conference and demonstrations
90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray, Victoria
VIC: 23-25 August 2019
Timber, Tools & Artisan Show
Epson Rd, Ascot Vale, Victoria
VIC: 12-29 September 2019
Fringe Furniture 32
Open access experimental design Abbotsford Convent,
UK: 14-22 September 2019
London Design Festival
Events, Exhibitions, Projects
NSW: 20-21 September 2019
Cooroora Woodcraft Show
Cooroora Woodworkers Club Inc
Coorey Memorial Hall
VIC: 5-6 October 2019
Hand Tool Event/Open Day Weekend
Melbourne Guild of Fire Woodworking
14 Cottage St, Blackburn, VIC
NSW: 5-6 October 2019
Spoonies in the Tweed
Spooncarving weekend with
Robert Howard Uki, Tweed Valley NSW
NSW: 5-6 October 2019
Lost Trades Fair NSW
NSW: 12-13 October 2019
Illawarra Festival of Wood
Bulli Showground, NSW
ACT: 26-27 October 2019
Spoon Jam Weekend
Carving workshops and demonstrations Tharwa Valley ACT
VIC: 26-27 October 2019
Goulburn Valley Woodworkers
MacIntosh Pavillion Shepparton Showgrounds
High St Shepparton VIC
ACT: 1-3 November 2019
Timber, Tools and Artisan Show
Exhibition Park (EPIC) Mitchell ACT
VIC: 9 November 2019
Tools and Trades Day
Hand Tools Preservation Assoc. Aust.
St Anthony’s Parish Hall, Cnr Neerim & Grange Rds,
ACT: 16-17 November 2019
30th Wood and Craft Expo
Bundaberg Woodworkers Guild Inc.
Main Pavilion, Bundaberg Precinct
(Enter Kendalls Rd)
NSW: 23 November - 8 December 2019
Sturt School for Wood Graduation Exhibition
NZ: 12 December 2019 - 18 January 2020
Centre for Fine Woodworking
Refinery Artspace, 3 Halifax St Nelson New Zealand