Wood Dust Highlights

Wood Dust brings you the next generation of woodworking events:

  • A range of woodworking masterclasses and evening Q&A style lectures featuring international and Australian woodworking celebrities
  • A Timber & Tool Marketplace featuring back-to-back free demonstrations, a ‘Meet the Makers’ stand, competitive axe throwing and a Luthiers Lane with a live performance stage
  • The Australian Wood Review Studio Furniture 2018 exhibition at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery
  • And Wood Dust special guest, North American tool maker Tom Lie Nielsen on his first trip downunder

More details below and plenty more still to come…

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About The Festival

Wood Dust — The Australian International Timber and Woodworking Festival is an authentically new, independently organised woodworking event being held in the Australian woodworking heartland of Queanbeyan and Bungendore, Southern NSW.

For five days Queanbeyan and Bungendore will be the center of the woodworking world as local and international celebrities descend for a series of ‘Yarns’, woodworking masterclasses, and a world class fine furniture exhibition all topped off with a timber and tool marketplace that you won’t want to miss.

The Wood Dust festival will take place across a number of venues. In Queanbeyan from 17th–19th of October, daily masterclasses will run at the Dunstone Design Workshops featuring North American and Australian woodworking masters including Michael Fortune, Andy Buck, Vic Tesolin, Ross Annels, and Bern Chandley.

‘Yarns’ will take place at The Q Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday evening with special guests Tom Lie Nielsen, Matt Kenny (Fine Woodworking magazine), Terry Gordon, Wally Wilson (Veritas) and a whole bunch of others from Australia and around the globe.

The Timber and Tool Marketplace will run over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October at the Bungendore Showgrounds and will be an educational and entertaining celebration of the craft. There will be back-to-back free demonstrations at the ‘Village’, a ‘Meet the Makers’ stand where you can chat face to face with woodworking legends, Luthiers Lane with live music, wooden boats, axe throwing courtesy of Maniax, good food, coffee and craft beer. And of course – all the best woodworking tools available.

And as an extra treat, on Saturday night the (the 20th), ‘Australian Wood Review Studio Furniture 2018’ exhibition of fine woodworking will open at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery. This exhibition will be showcasing the best makers from both Australia and New Zealand – don’t miss this extra special exhibition.

It’s still early days and there’s much more to come. You don’t need to attend everything, check out the Program and see what works for you. Tickets are now on sale, pencil in the dates and start organising your visit and accommodation now.

Message from the Organisers

We are a couple of guys who just love woodworking and who have both spent most of our lives in and out of workshops all over the world.

For years we have banging on to one another about what a celebration of woodworking should really be about. In the end, we decided to create a woodworking event that brings together all our experiences into one comprehensive event. We just want to create a woodworking event that we want to go to, and hope that you will want to go as well.

So, we have bitten the bullet, mortgaged our houses and rang all our friends from Tasmania to upstate New York in order to bring you Wood Dust — The Australian International Timber and Woodworking Festival.

Wood Dust is a festival where the first timer can hold a real hand plane, take a class and buy some quality tools. The enthusiast can meet their woodworking hero, have a yarn and hone their skills. And the professional can share their stories over a craft beer, kicking back while a hand-made guitar is played in the background. Woodworking is a universal craft that all can enjoy through the creativity, pleasure and friendships that it provides.

Queanbeyan and Bungendore are woodworking heartland nestled within beautiful, rolling Australian countryside. Come to Wood Dust and immerse yourself in all things wood.

John Madden
Evan Dunstone

Craft Media Australia

Woodworking is a universal pastime adored by millions of people around the world. Craft Media Australia is tapping directly into this global woodworking community through our flagship event, Wood Dust. We are defining the Queanbeyan–Bungendore region as the woodworking capital of Australia, establishing Southern NSW as a must visit destination for woodworkers everywhere.

Craft Media Australia is a collaboration of three woodworking industry leaders — John Madden, Evan Dunstone and Nikolas Strugar. Together we provide specialised marketing services to the woodworking industry including:

  • Event management, Promotional Tours and Product Launches
  • Copywriting and Product Review Services
  • Marketing Support — Research, Strategy, Campaign Design and Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Website Design and Development
  • Social Media Management
  • Video and Audio Content.

Craft Media Australia can organise your event and launch your product, design your advertising and build your digital presence — we can also help you better understand your customer. Allow our team of industry experts to work alongside you and your business, in this new global era of woodworking.

Our team

John Madden

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John Madden

John Madden

Managing Director

EMBA QUT – candidate 2018, B. Fin Admin

John Madden is a marketer, manufacturer and educator based in Brisbane Queensland. John has worked with leading Australian manufacturers and retailers including: FMCA, Space Furniture and Carbatec Pty Ltd. As a brand and product manager, John has represented leading international companies including: Lee Valley Canada, Laguna USA, Robert Sorby UK and Z Saw Japan. John has been the marketing manager for two national organisations and has developed and executed a number of innovative marketing campaigns and events within the woodworking industry, exhibited his own studio work internationally and worked on public projects such as the Mawson’s Hut Foundation.

Evan Dunstone

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Evan Dunstone

Evan Dunstone

Commercial Director

Churchill Fellow Evan Dunstone is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading furniture designer/makers. His Queanbeyan based business Dunstone Design Global supplies both a domestic and international client base, in particular the emerging Chinese fine furniture market. Evan is an active educator having taught at the ANU, Sturt School for Wood and the University of Tasmania. A noted speaker, presenter and writer, Evan is a regular participant in woodworking community events and contributor to Australian Wood Review Magazine and related mainstream media.

Nikolas Strugar

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Nikolas Strugar

Nikolas Strugar

Design Manager

M. Architecture, B. Design, Dip. Audio Production

Nikolas is an innovative interdisciplinary designer who combines skills in graphic and web design, social media, architecture, audio engineering, photography and film. Nikolas supports a number of Australian and international organisations with his unique blend of multimedia talents and creative vision.

Get in touch

To contact Craft Media Australia to discuss your businesses marketing requirements, email John Madden at john@wooddustaustralia.com.

Exhibit at Wood Dust

Wood Dust offers craftspeople, educators, retailers and service providers commercial opportunities to reach your audience and grow your business.

If you would like to participate in Wood Dust as an Exhibitor, please visit the Exhibit at Wood Dust page and apply for an Exhibitor’s Stall. We look forward to hearing from you.

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