The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking is proud to announce the Veritas Downunder Tour Australia!

Veritas, Canada’s leading woodworking tool maker, is on its way Downunder this coming June.

Vic Tesolin - Veritas expert and author of the ‘Minimalist Woodworker’ and Wally Wilson - Lee Valley senior manager, are visiting Australia for a two week all things Veritas demonstration tour.

This tour allows the Australian woodworker to come and see how Veritas design and manufacture their range of innovative hand tools and understand why Veritas has become such a well-loved global brand. We will watch Vic conduct a comprehensive hand tool demonstration featuring a range of
Veritas’s premium products including marking out tools, hand saws, bench planes, chisels, the MKII honing guide and the new, soon to be released range of Veritas Custom Hand planes. We can discuss the differences between products and learn how to choose the best tool. These events are free and conclude with a Q&A session and refreshments.

The Veritas presentation covers the following points:
• How Veritas designs and manufactures is tools
• The differences between different tools and their applications
• How to choose the right tool for you and your project
• How to use woodworking tools correctly

Tour Sponsors – Veritas Tools and Maxis Distribution are providing an opportunity to purchase Veritas products and win Veritas prizes at each demonstration.

WHEN: Friday 10th June. 5pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: 14 Cottage St, Blackburn, VIC

To attend this event, please RSVP via


Vic Tesolin is a veteran of the Canadian Army where he served for 14 years in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After his honourable discharge he completed the Nine Month Craftsman program at Rosewood, then went on to serve as Resident Craftsman at the school creating fine furniture to commission and working part-time as an instructor. From there he took the helm at Canadian Woodworking magazine as editor.Currently Vic is the Woodworking Technical Advisor at Veritas/Lee Valley Tools.
He still designs and builds furniture in a modest shop in his home in Carleton Place, Ontario. Vic Tesolin is the author of ‘The Minimalist Woodworker’ published by Spring House Press. The book deals specifically with the needs of woodworkers that only have a small space at their disposal. Vic truly enjoys sharing his woodworking knowledge and has an infectious
love for hand tools and their use. A prolific writer with many published woodworking articles, you can follow him on his blog at


Wally Wilson has been with Lee Valley & Veritas for 25 years. With a background in business and economics, Wally manages the International Business Development side of Veritas that takes him to exhibitions and retailers abroad, providing the opportunity to speak with woodworkers from all over the world. Wally is also a keen woodworker and builder. His projects range from the family home he and his wife built 24 years ago to sea kayaks, Windsor chairs and most recently, a full-size shop. Wally is fortunate to be able to blur the line between work and play, all the while sharing his enthusiasm and passion for building and tools with whoever he meets along the way. One could say working with a world leader in tool design and development at Veritas, Wally has found his “dream job”.

Alastair and Jacqueline Boell.