Wood. It’s everywhere, right? It’s in your tables, your chairs, in the walls of your house… It’s even in trees! We can’t really live without it and yet so many of us don’t have the first idea about how to work with it. We fail to appreciate the craftsmanship involved in something as seemingly simple as a table leg or a bookshelf. And to think a tree gave its life for it; shocking.
Help is at hand for the hard-of-carving, as the Maleny Wood Expo will be coming to delight and inform patrons between April 29 and May 1. It’s an extravaganza of woodcrafts, carving and even steam bending for the uninitiated – and even the intermediate types.
If you fancy becoming more au fait with wood, then head to the Maleny Showgrounds at Stanley River Road, QLD 4552. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for concessions and adults, although if you buy them online you get a 20% discount.
What’s going on there?
There’s something for everyone – there’s spoon carving, hand-held carving or whittling, steam bending and lamination for anyone who wants to get Nordic. That’s just a few options – there’s also the chance to make your own milking stool or to make baskets from garden waste plants.
Kids are also well catered for, with several workshops including simple (and well-supervised) woodwork and a pencil case-making class!
The workshops cost extra on top of the entry ticket, but you’ll come away with a new skill, so it’s well worth it. If you don’t fancy getting hands-on, however, there’s still plenty to amuse you, with talks on the forestry industry, citizen science and turtle care. If you’re environmentally conscious (and who isn’t), then you can learn more about tiny houses and the restoration of the bush.
Lastly, when you’re all wooded out, you can relax with some great music and some even greater food.
For more information and tickets, head to www.malenywoodexpo.com.