It’s back for the 3rd year - The Illawarra Festival of Wood!
Over the coming months we’ll be updating this site with all the information you’ll need to know about this year’s festival. Including details on our very popular workshops, and how to secure your spot. This year’s event will also see the return of some of our key exhibitors, all willing to share their passion, knowledge and experience with you. And to ensure this is a fun filled family event, we’ve got a great line-up of entertainers planned, activities for all ages, and a vast array of food stalls to help make the 2019 Illawarra festival of wood a huge success. SO SAVE THIS DATE - We look forward to seeing you there … Suzanne & Stuart.
Scroll down to view some of the action from last years festival.
So much more to see, do and experience ...
The 2018 Illawarra Festival of Wood is a 3-day event that celebrates, preserves and promotes the traditions of working with wood.
Buoyed by the huge success of last year’s inaugural event, the 2018 Illawarra Festival of Wood has been extended to a 3-day celebration, complete with an extensive programme of events, exhibitor displays, and interactive workshops that each member of the family can enjoy.
Whether you’re a tradesperson, a wood enthusiast, an artisan, or just love the smell of timber, this year’s festival is bound to have something on offer that will interest and inspire you. You’ll find many of the exhibitors are masters in their respective fields and will be more than willing to share their expertise and knowledge with you.
For the younger ones, there’s face painting, nature play and Parcour gym training, as well as a host of workshops specifically tailored for the young at heart – in fact, last year over 200 bush critters were made.
And if all that action starts working up an appetite, there’ll be a range of gourmet foods available which you can enjoy whilst watching the chainsaw carving, indigenous wood carver, or the female wood choppers take on the men.
Dr Mike Epworth is a renowned researcher and Australia's leading maker of the 'Jimmy Possum' chair.
Mike will be conducting talks at this year’s Illawarra Festival of Wood on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th Oct to share his insights on this fascinating piece of Australian history - the man, the legend and the chair!
Workshop also available.
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..
LUCAS MILLING TIMBER & Floristry FOR DEPRESSION & SUICIDE PREVENTION.
Sydney & Southern Tree Services & Amber Louise Floristry will donate all proceeds from sales to depression and suicide prevention organisations.