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.
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.