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Box Making

15 & 16 June 2024 9am-4.30pm

In this two-day box making class, you will construct a beautiful Tasmanian Blackwood Candle-Box with a raised-panel sliding lid and African Ebony pull.

You will leave with a box that you have made by hand!

14 hours (7 hours x 2 days)

$680 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Box Making

In this two-day box making class, you will construct a beautiful Tasmanian Blackwood Candle-Box with a raised-panel sliding lid and African Ebony pull.

You will choose between half-blind dovetails (advanced) or single through-dovetail with tapered wooden pins (simpler) for corner joinery; depending on your level of skills/experience/ambition.

The course will focus on hand-tools with minimal power tool use. Timber stock will be supplied pre-milled and dimensioned so that students can concentrate on mastering the hand tool skills required for this project.

You will leave with a box that you have made by hand!

14 hours (7 hours x 2 days)

$680 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Carving a Huon Pine Sailboat Sculpture with Carol Russell

“I love making these little sculptures of boats, I’m not trying to make a model, I just want to create something that captures the essence of boats and their promise of freedom and adventure.”

Boats have beautiful lines and capturing the movement in the sail and the way light falls on the form is the key to success. Their lines are beautiful and inherently sculptural. In this class, you’ll be able to explore your own creative ideas and create a piece that sparks the imagination and is full of whimsy.

14 hours (7 hours x 2 days)

$585 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Carving Small Animals with Character with Carol Russell

Explore the gentle, meditative art of wood carving by learning to carve small animal forms. The emphasis of this class is to learn to create a three-dimensional sculpture hand-held using simple hand tools.

14 hours (7 hours x 2 days)

$575 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Wood Finishing

This intensive two part workshop with Gray Balmer is designed for woodworkers wishing to develop their understanding of clear finishing products and techniques.

7 hours (3.5 hours x 2 days)

$320 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Chess Table for Beginners

In this beginner course, you will build a stunning chess table that doubles as a coffee table.

All necessary tools and materials will be provided. During the course, you will use hand tools such as joinery saws, chisels, planes and marking tools. The focus will be on using hand tools, not power tools.

The table’s dimensions are approximately 44cm (H) x 72cm (W) x 58cm (D). The tabletop includes a cavity under the glass for storing game pieces and is perfectly sized for a backgammon board, offering opportunities for future veneering or crafting projects.

This versatile table adds beauty and functionality to any home, serving as a sturdy coffee table while providing the opportunity for timeless, intergenerational gaming enjoyment.

Multiple blocks of 5 x 4 hours (20 hours per block)

$490 for 5 sessions pp

$390 for materials

(plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Two-day Bowl Carving Class with Carol Russell

Come and hand carve a beautiful wooden bowl with Carol. You’ll begin with a block of exquisite Australian timber and work through all the processes to create an object that is both useful and sculptural.

14 hours (7 hours x 2 days)

$585 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Dovetails with Dom, Hand Cut

Dovetails are an elegant and extremely functional joint that has been fundamental to woodworking throughout the ages. Cutting dovetails accurately and efficiently is a skill that every woodworker should have in their repertoire.
In this class you will learn how to cut various types of dovetails using hand tools. No routers here!

6 hours

$340 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Electric Guitar Making

Join experienced luthier Tom King as he guides you through the electric guitar making process.

60 hours (6 hours x 10 weeks) + materials

$2500 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Furniture Restoration

Unlock the secrets of breathing new life into old or contemporary furniture with master restorer Ben Hodgetts in our one day Furniture Restoration short course.

Are you passionate about preserving the beauty of vintage or antique pieces? Do you want to learn the art of reviving worn-out furniture to its former glory? Look no further! Our short course is your gateway to the world of furniture restoration.

7 hours

$320 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Introduction to Furniture Making

Join Gray Balmer for this two day course for beginners. Gray will introduce you to the process of furniture making.

This is a stand alone course where you learn the fundamentals to furniture making. 

12 hours (6 hours x 2 days)

$450 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Plane Tuning

Learn how to renovate an old plane or correctly tune a new one.

Bring at least one plane to work and join Gray Balmer for this one day course …and make it sing.

6 hours

$320 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Router Techniques

Do you already own a router, but feel that you’re not able to realise its full potential? Do you lack confidence in the use of your router? Are you considering buying a router? Then this one day workshop with Gray Balmer is for you.

6 hours

$320 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

Tool Sharpening

This half-day workshop with Gray Balmer will demonstrate how you develop a perfect sharpening technique. 

3.5 hours

$200 pp (plus 1.5% credit card fee)

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