There’s a certain satisfaction from making an everyday item yourself. So if you are a fan of DIY, woodworking could be your next being project.
It is one of the oldest crafts in the world and is used for making decorative as well as everyday, utilitarian objects. Below are a few woodworking courses around Queensland where you can go back to basics and begin building some useful household items.
For an inner-city option, this school runs day classes, night classes, and weekend classes. Head instructor Robert Mc Kee is a craftsman with over 35 years experience. The classes aim to provide you with a toolkit of skills and knowledge you can take home to perfect and build your hobby. RM School of Woodworking also has woodturning courses which will teach you to crave spatulas, spoons, and scoops.
She Skills workshops are designed by women, for women, to encourage you to imagine, design and then pick up the tools to create great things. With a range of experienced and qualified trades and craftspeople at their Yeronga studio, they aim to offer classes that are fun, safe, encouraging and social. Weekend courses and casual classes are available.
The studio located in Samford Valley, just 25km northwest of Brisbane’s CBD, offers casual classes, six-day courses, and the more immersive one-month full-time course. The founder, Roy Schack, accredits his small classes of just four students for the school’s success. Classes are held in the purpose-built studio which is fully equipped with benches and tools for each student as well as a professional machine shop. There is also a variety of electric hand tools to help students create their dream pieces.
The classes at Bywater Design in Northgate cater for the absolute beginner up to advanced. They offer casual night classes or 8-week courses. Either way, the classes will provide you with the basic principles, before moving to more advanced techniques. With the guidance of professional teachers, students are encouraged to design and make their own masterpieces.
With the first course at this Sumner Park studio structured to be a pretty rapid learning curve, you are sure to have your dream of being a woodworking master in no time. Courses run over a seven-week period. Each week you will be introduced to a new wood and be given pointers on the most effective ways of using various hand tools. From time to time Richard also organises weekend workshops with renowned woodworkers from overseas.