Probably the most interesting thing that happened at Wood Dust was the sense of community that was forged. Since the festival I have contemplated this, trying to understand what forces drove this outcome. Was it the learning opportunities? Maybe it was the Yarns? Or maybe it was all of us huddling together as the storm raged on, praying that the big marquee didn’t blow away.
Free from the shackles of always having to fix a problem, woodworking is now a pastime participants practice to unwind and relax, to network, to express themselves, or to take a break from modern life. Making a thing remains a primary goal, however the process of achieving that goal is related more to personal development.
For the woodworking enthusiast and emerging designer maker, developing strong design skills is challenging. Wood Dust recognises this challenge and so we offer our new event – Wood Dust Designer Maker. Held at Melbourne’s newest makerspace FAB9 in Footscray, Designer Maker explores the art of design for woodworking and the processes of fine craftsmanship.
It takes a special kind of lunatic to make guitars, and then go try to make a living out of it. Luke Kallquist is a leading Australian Luthier specialising in traditionally inspired acoustic guitars that have that “played in” sound and feel of the highly sought-after vintage instruments.
Evan Dunstone’s workshop at Dunstone Design is one of the finest woodworking workshops in the country. Home to an impressive set of machines over 650 square metres of floorspace, the workshop come alive for the Wood Dust Masterclasses where the likes of Michael Fortune, Andy Buck, Matt Kenny, Bern Chandley, Vic Tesolin and Thomas Lie Nielsen will all be rubbing shoulders while they make, teach, demonstrate and amaze with their lifetime commitment to the craft.
Wood Dust creators John Madden and Evan Dunstone have always felt that woodworking shows could be a more diverse experience than what they presently are. From driving through American farmlands past endless corn silos and barns, to playing baseball with two Canadians, John reflects on his journey to find the perfect woodworking show and how the concept of Wood Dust was born.
As a youngster, Matt Kenney focused his attention on building tree forts and skate board ramps, but about 20 years ago Matt began to make furniture in earnest and is now an accomplished maker and feature writer for American Fine Woodworking magazine. John Madden tells the story of his chance meeting with Matt Kenney at a trade show in Atlanta Georgia, that ultimately led to Matt’s upcoming trip to Australia and participation in the Wood Dust Festival.