The Maleny Wood Expo is here on May 5, 6 and 7, filling the Maleny Showgrounds with the wonder of wood in a variety of forms.
Musical instruments, tiny treasures, boxes, spoons, fine furniture, outdoor settings and even chainsaw sculptures are on display.
There’s also the ever popular freshly slabbed timber to take home for your own project. This is a great opportunity to find the best quality tools and materials for wood crafting in the one place and to talk with the experts.
There are many popular workshops to book. Do you fancy making a didgeridoo? You can with Matt Anderson and Justin Lai, local artists, who also teach at schools, sharing indigenous culture, knowledge and skills.
Each day will end with a music circle where you can play your newly created didgeridoo! This workshop is suitable for 12 years and above.
In preparation for Mother’s Day, there is an opportunity to make mum a gift. Junior Landcare Paddock, the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild and Maleny Men’s Shed have collaborated with Maleny Wood Expo to come up with this a workshop full of ideas that are easy and relatively quick.
There will be templates of numerous items ready for all the finishing touches; gluing, clamping, knocking dowel in with a dead hammer, sanding and varnishing. Plus some simple projects for the under 5s.
Woodwork for Women welcomes back to Mullumbimby’s Patt Gregory for her fifth year as guest demonstrator. Teaching is her passion, woodwork is her craft and women, mostly, are her students.
There’s so much to see at Maleny Wood Expo!
Patt will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate your way through the timber racks and tool aisles of timber yards and hardware stores. Drop by and have a chat with her in the SES Pavilion – and be inspired to get into woodwork!
You could even make your own milking stool using simple tools and techniques, taught by Richard Knight.
Leave with your imagination ignited and equipped with traditional wood joining skills and the confidence to source and select your own materials.
Make wooden critters, learn hand-held woodcarving, spoon carving or even boomerang making over this popular weekend of all things wood!
This year the Expo are also excited to present Romanian guest artisan, Zina Burloiu, who will be imparting the traditional skills of chip carving.
And for those who are concerned about the environmental impact of the Expo, they adhere to the Sustainable Timber Policy – all wood artisans and exhibitors are required to work in sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers.
The Maleny Wood Expo is an alcohol-free family event with something for people of all ages. Younger Wood Expo attendees can make a Mothers’ Day gift in a free workshop with the Blackall Range Woodcrafters’ Guild and the Maleny Men’s Shed.
There will even be some simple projects for the very little people under the age of 5 with no bookings required. Kids of all ages can learn from experienced woodcrafters and use real tools to try their hand at furniture making at the Cool Stool School.
There are native plants and local Maleny produce to purchase, natural resource management displays and much more.
Add to all this the Landcare BBQ and tasty local food, great local musicians, street entertainment, and the multi-draw Expo raffle, and you have a wood-filled weekend to remember!
Tickets at the gate are $15 with concession card holder discounts and children under 16 admitted free. For more information: malenywoodexpo.com