The Guild

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking - Education Dedicated to Traditional Skills

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking (MGFW) is a woodworking educational facility located in Blackburn.
The MGFW provide ongoing morning, afternoon and evening woodworking classes for beginners right through to experienced woodworkers. Our classes are small, enabling each student to get one on one instruction from our qualified instructors.

In our workshop, our facilities include a fully equipped machine room, classrooms with workbenches, numerous hand tools, hardware, finishing products and a variety of exotic timbers.

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation of craftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.

We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community. We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

Hand skills are integral to our development mentally as well as physically. The relevancy of hand-skills training has come into question. What we have now is the perception that high-tech training programs are relevant and responsive to the needs of society and not manual skills training. We are of the opinion that manual arts training and hand skills are relevant to conceptual skills. The value of manual skills training to both the individual and society is now becoming more apparent. As we become disillusioned, perhaps, with the technological improvements, and we see that we are more and more disconnected from the way things are made and the processes, we are more able to understand the loss of culture and the knowledge that is imbedded in hand made things, then the value in hand-skills training is more and more apparent”.

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez
North Bennett Street School (NBSS)