2018 Hand Tool Event and Open Day

Once again Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking is opening the doors for its annual Open Day and Hand Tool Event. With a mix of local and international instructors, Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking offers one of Melbourne’s most diverse teaching environments for the study of traditional fine woodworking skills.

Again, this year we have 2 full days of activities including:

  • Demo of the LARGEST Bentwood Box in the WORLD!!
  • Other demos include: Perch Stool Making, Steam bending, Traditional chair making, Line & Berry Inlay, Sharpening, Carving,
    French Polishing, Spoon carving….just to mention a few!
  • New & antique tools for sale
  • Timber for sale
  • Sawmilling happening out the front
  • BBQ with sausages & soft drink
  • Dovetail Olympics - so you think you can Dovetail?
  • Opening of our new Gallery highlighting some of the best work from our students, instructors & professional furniture making

You will also have a chance to meet Melbourne’s finest exhibitors including:

  • Lie - Nielsen Toolworks
  • Vesper Tools
  • BJS Planes & Woodworking - Custom Infill Plane Maker
  • Japanese Tools of Australia
  • Dunstone Design
  • Tetsu - Japanese Handtools
  • Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia
  • Henry Eckert Tool Works

Where: 14 Cottage Street, Blackburn Victoria
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm

Hand Tool Event Schedule

Saturday 17th June

10:30am to 11:30am – Demonstration and construction of the BIGGEST Bentwood Box in the world!!! – Matt Stonehouse, Alastair Boell, Pascale Turvey in ‘Machine Room’

11:30am – 12:30pm – Demonstration of Traditional Hammer Veneering using hide glue – Steve Latta

12:30pm – 1:00pm – Demonstration: Hand Cut Dovetails – Alastair Boell

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Demonstration of Perch Stool making – Jon Grant & Alastair Boell

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Demonstration of the Roorkee Chair – Hugh Anderson

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Demonstration of Steam Bending – Alastair Boell
Professional percussionist, Matt Stonehouse will be demonstrating his musical skills using some drums which have been steam bent. These drums are the Riq (Arabic tambourine), Tar frame & the Persian Daf.

3:30pm to 4:00pm – Demonstration – Sharpening of a Card Scraper – _(the no BS method!) – Steve Latta

Sunday 17th June

10:30am to 11:30am – Demonstration – Continuation of the construction of the BIGGEST Shaker Bentwood Box in the world!!! – Matt Stonehouse, Alastair Boell, Pascale Turvey in ‘Machine Room’

11:00am to 2:00pm – Ongoing demonstration of carving – Ronnie Sexton

11:00am to 12:00pm – Demonstration – Line & Berry Inlay – Steve Latta

11:30am to 12:30pm – Presentation and demonstration of French Polishing – Eddy Toffelletti

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Demonstration – Hand Cut dovetails – Alastair Boell

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Demonstration: Making simple Paterae – Steve Latta

3:00pm to 3:30pm – Demonstration: Sharpening & Hand Plane Tuning – Jackson Fairlie

Friday 29th June


Visiting craftsman Steve Latta will conduct a two-hour seminar on Friday June 29, from 7 – 9pm.

This seminar is for those who would love to learn more about the history of woodworking, particularly the inlaid work that Steve Latta is most associated with. He will talk about woodworking practices of the late 18th, early 19th century America and how that work influences contemporary craftsmanship. Additionally, he’ll discuss his work teaching at a small vocational college for the past twenty years and show the work of many of his graduates who have gone on to start their own businesses and careers. The seminar will lead into demonstrations on both traditional and modern inlay practices and designs.

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