Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference

Come and spend the Weekend at Wood Dust…

If you really want to immerse yourself in a design and woodworking learning experience, then come on down to the Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference. This brand-new event offers a range of international and Australian designer makers, demonstrating and discussing a comprehensive range of topics.
The Weekend at Wood Dust features 6 live workshop spaces with video and audio support, and seating for all participants. On both days over the weekend, there will be 4 woodworking demonstrations of 90 minutes each per day, at each of the 6 live workshops. That is 24 quality presentations each day, with a grand total of 48 workshop demonstrations over the entire weekend for you to choose from. Between each demonstration there is a 30 minute break so you can chat to the presenters, talk with fellow woodworkers, have a snack or duck out to the Timber & Tool Marketplace that is right next door.
Your ticket to the Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference provides you with a unique woodworking experience never seen before down under. You’ll also get a show bag full of goodies, lunch on the day, snacks, coffee and the opportunity to rub shoulders with a broad segment of the design and woodworking community.

There is a catch – tickets are strictly limited so don’t muck about.

Tickets to the Weekend at Wood Dust

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August

Held over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of August, adjacent to the Wood Dust Masterclasses and the Timber & Tool Marketplace, the Weekend at Wood Dust is your ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Designer Maker with fellow woodworkers from around Australia.

Held at FAB9
90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Melbourne VIC

One-day pass

Day 1 Saturday 10th August


One-day pass

Day 2 Sunday 11th August


Two-day pass

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Two-day pass group discounts


$645 per person, minimum of 4 people.
Must be purchased in one transaction. Discount will be added upon checkout

Weekend at Wood Dust Program

Saturday 10th August Timetable

Workshop 1

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking

Session 1
9am – 10:30am

'Why Hand Made Matters' Presented by Jon Grant

Session 2
11am – 12:30pm

'All Things Dovetails' (Dovetails Part A) Presented by Alastair Boell

Lunch

Session 3
1:30pm – 3pm

'A Typical 18th Century Drawer' (Dovetails Part B) Presented by Alastair Boell

Session 4
3:30pm – 5pm

'Traditional Chair Making Techniques' Presented by Alastair Boell and Jon Grant

Workshop 2

Victorian Woodworkers Association

Session 1
9am – 10:30am

‘Spoon Making’ Presented by Pip Haydon

Session 2
11am – 12:30pm

‘Build Better Boxes’ presented by Matt Kenney

Lunch

Session 3
1:30pm – 3pm

‘Design and Business’ Hamish Hill, Adam Markowitz, Stephen Ziguras, Bryan Cush

Session 4
3:30pm – 5pm

‘Photography’ Presented by Vikki Petherbridge

Workshop 3

TBC

Session 1
9am – 10:30am

TBC

Session 2
11am – 12:30pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1:30pm – 3pm

TBC

Session 4
3:30pm – 5pm

TBC

Workshop 4

TBC

Session 1
9am – 10:30am

TBC

Session 2
11am – 12:30pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1:30pm – 3pm

TBC

Session 4
3:30pm – 5pm

TBC

Workshop 5

TBC

Session 1
9am – 10:30am

TBC

Session 2
11am – 12:30pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1:30pm – 3pm

TBC

Session 4
3:30pm – 5pm

TBC

Workshop 6

TBC

Session 1
9am – 10:30am

TBC

Session 2
11am – 12:30pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1:30pm – 3pm

TBC

Session 4
3:30pm – 5pm

TBC

Sunday 11th August Timetable

Workshop 1

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking

Session 1
8:30am – 10am

'‘Career Development and Woodworking’ Presented by Jon Grant

Session 2
10:30am – 12pm

‘Traditional Japanese Joinery’ Presented by Shinobu Kobayashi

Lunch

Session 3
1pm – 2:30pm

‘Western vs Eastern Sharpening Techniques’ Shinobu Kobayashi and Alastair Boell

Session 4
3pm – 4:30pm

‘Steam Bending’ Presented by Alastair Boell, Matt Stonehouse and Jon Grant

Workshop 2

Victorian Woodworkers Association

Session 1
8:30am – 10am

‘Finishing Surfaces with Blades’ Presented by Vic Tesolin

Session 2
10:30am – 12pm

‘Carving and/or antique furniture design’ Presented by Carl Lutz

Lunch

Session 3
1pm – 2:30pm

‘Advanced Kumiko’ Presented by Matt Kenney

Session 4
3pm – 4:30pm

‘Clocks and Japanese Tea Boxes’ Presented by Will Matthysen and Ben Reddan

Workshop 3

TBC

Session 1
8:30am – 10am

TBC

Session 2
10:30am – 12pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1pm – 2:30pm

TBC

Session 4
3pm – 4:30pm

TBC

Workshop 4

TBC

Session 1
8:30am – 10am

TBC

Session 2
10:30am – 12pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1pm – 2:30pm

TBC

Session 4
3pm – 4:30pm

TBC

Workshop 5

TBC

Session 1
8:30am – 10am

TBC

Session 2
10:30am – 12pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1pm – 2:30pm

TBC

Session 4
3pm – 4:30pm

TBC

Workshop 6

TBC

Session 1
8:30am – 10am

TBC

Session 2
10:30am – 12pm

TBC

Lunch

Session 3
1pm – 2:30pm

TBC

Session 4
3pm – 4:30pm

TBC

A little more about the weekend

The Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference is a woodworking experience you do not want to miss
The full program will be released very soon, stay tuned for updates
Tickets are strictly limited – only 250 tickets available on each day. Purchase your tickets now and enter the draw to win a free Two-day Pass

Here’s what you get:

  • Inspiring, informative woodworking instruction for all skill levels taught by an ensemble of Australian and international designer makers
  • Workshop spaces conveniently placed by one another with video screen and audio for maximum interaction with the demonstrators
  • A show bag stuffed with a bunch of woodworking goodies
  • A catered lunch and free snacks, tea and coffee on both days
  • Free entry into Timber & Tool Marketplace

Registration is from 8.00am on both days.

Guest Demonstrators & Topics

Demonstrations at the Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference are presented by leading Australian and international designer makers covering a broad range of design and woodworking topics. Feature demonstrators so far include:

  • Matt Kenney
  • Vic Tesolin (Sunday only)
  • Alastair Boell
  • Reed Hansuld (Sunday only)
  • Adam Markowitz
  • Andrew Potocnik
  • Will Matthysen
  • Ben Reddan
  • Vikki Petherbrige
  • Jon Grant
  • Hamish Hill
  • Stephen Ziguras
  • Craft Victoria
  • Shinobu Kobayashi

Our demonstrators will cover a broad range of design and woodworking topics including:

  • Kumiko
  • Clock and Japanese Tea Boxes
  • Design for Woodworking
  • Hand Tools
  • Dovetail Techniques
  • Box Making
  • Carving
  • Traditional Chairmaking
  • Japanese Joinery
  • Marketing your work
  • Steam-bending
  • Photography
  • Career Development
  • Wood Sculpture
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