Each evening kicks off at 6.30pm with an hour of presentations and then breaks into a Q&A styled discussion through till 9.00pm. Yarns provides a forum for our special guests to tell their woodworking stories and share their experiences. As a member of the audience you can engage directly with our speakers – ask your burning question! Join us afterwards for a drink in the foyer where you can chat and mingle with our guests.
The Q Theatre is a modern, comfortable conference space featuring a 300 seat auditorium, foyer, bar and exhibition space. Learn more about The Q Theatre.
“A Maker’s Life”
Wednesday 17th October 2018
6.30pm to 9.00pm
Our Yarns start on Wednesday night with “A Maker’s Life” hosted by our own Kerryn Carter and featuring legendary North American furniture maker Michael Fortune, American furniture artist and educator Andy Buck and Fine Woodworking magazine editor and writer Matt Kenney. Come and hear the insights and experiences of these very different but highly influential woodworkers. This evening promises to be unique and thoroughly entertaining evening. Secure your seat, tickets on sale now. Stayed tuned for updates.
Host: Kerryn Carter
Growing up in a DIY household as the daughter of an Industrial Arts teacher, Kerryn Carter had always held the desire to follow her father’s footsteps into woodworking. Today she is the founder of Tool School a Sydney based woodworking school for kids, a regular contributor to Wood Review magazine and Ryobi Australia brand Ambassador.
Designer/maker, teacher and mentor Michael C. Fortune is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. Since his career began 42 years ago, Fortune has become acclaimed for his innovative, but resolved, designs for one-of-a-kind objects in wood, commissioned residential furnishings and items in limited editions.
Matt Kenney is an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, where he also writes about woodworking and is a co-host on the popular ‘Shop Talk’ Live podcast. He is also the author of 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks (Taunton Press), a book chronicling his successful attempt to design and make 52 boxes during the course of a year. During the last 10 years, he has focused on making decorative boxes and small tea cabinets, which led him to the art of Kumiko.
Andy Buck is a furniture maker, sculptor and educator. Currently a full Professor and program chair for the Furniture Design Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he has also taught at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Art & Design, Museum of Applied Art Frankfurt and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. His colourful work is included in many private and public collections.
Chelsea Lemon is an emerging Australian designer and woodworker who has recently graduated from the ANU School of Art Furniture Design program. Chelsea’s work has featured in a variety of exhibitions including: Speaking Volumes at Parliament House, a solo show Parquetry Meets Plants at Craft ACT, and DENFAIR: Front/Centre in Melbourne. This year she was featured in the Design Canberra Festival 2018.
“The Tool Makers”
Thursday 18th October 2018
6.30pm to 9.00pm
Our second Yarn features North American toolmaking legend Thomas Lie Nielsen, technical adviser to Veritas and Lee Valley Canada Vic Tesolin and Australian toolmaker Terry Gordon of HNT Gordon Classic Planes. On the Q&A panel we have Chris Vesper of Vesper Tools and Australian carver and woodworking educator Carol Russell. Join us for this special evening where our guests share with you the inspiration behind their tools, insights into their manufacturing methodologies and the challenges they face producing quality hand-built tools during this time of the throwaway society. This evening is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and talk with the very best woodworking toolmakers operating today. Secure your seat, tickets on sale now. Stay tuned for updates.
Thomas Lie Nielsen
Thomas Lie Nielsen is without question North America’s most famous woodworking toolmaker. Operating since the early 1980’s from the town of Warren, Maine, Tom takes the finest traditional tool designs from the USA and Europe, adapting and modifying them to become more than the originals. Lie Nielsen hand tools are legendary and may be found in workshops all over the planet. Come and meet Tom on his maiden trip to Australia.
Vic studied furniture design and making under the guidance of some of North America’s top furniture makers at Rosewood Studio in Canada. Vic has run his own studio furniture business, worked as editor of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement magazine and now serves as Technical Advisor at Veritas and Lee Valley Tools. Vic’s book “The Minimalist Woodworker”, published by Spring House Press.
Terry Gordon was always a keen woodworker whilst serving as a navigator in the Royal Australian Air Force. During a three-year posting in Malaysia, Terry met local woodworkers and observed them using their planes with balance and ease to produce tear out free surfaces. These Asian styled planes intrigued Terry, so he went on to learn all he could about this style of tool. Following a period of product development, Terry decided to follow his passion into the woodwork industry and established HNT Gordon and Co. Classic Plane Makers Australia in 1995. Since then, HNT Gordon now produce a range of more than fifty hand built tools loved by woodworkers everywhere.
From humble beginnings and forced to make his own tools out of necessity, Chris Vesper has gone on to be one of Australia’s most recognised woodworking hand tool designers and makers. Vesper Tools has earned an international reputation for quality, and enjoys the respect of industry peers, publishers and woodworking notables around the globe.
Carol Russell is a self-taught woodworker who has been making pieces for most of her adult life beginning woodworking in 1987 with small furniture projects and antique restoration.
Today much of Carol’s focus is on carving beautiful wooden spoons and teaching from her studio in the inner-city suburb of Paddington, Brisbane. Carol is a widely known, and much-loved member of the Australian woodworking community.