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ACT Woodcraft Guild

June 18, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

From Wednesday 20 - Sunday 24 June, you will find the ACT Woodcraft Guild in South.Point showcasing beautiful, hand crafted, and unique items from local artisans and skilled workers.

It will be an exhibition, as well as sale of beautiful and affordable handcrafted wooden giftware, functional home wares, toys, pens, boxes and turned items created by local artisans using Australian and recycled timbers. You'll also get to enjoy demonstrations of toy making and pyrography!

We recently sat down with Craig Pennifold, Vice President of the ACT Woodcraft Guild to learn more about the Guild, what they do and what you can expect to see at their exhibition in centre this week.

What is the ACT Woodcraft Guild?
The Woodcraft Guild is an incorporated not for profit community organisation. It was established in 1980 to promote, foster and develop woodcraft in the ACT and region. Guild membership is currently over 300 men, women and children.  The Guild is open to all!

What does the ACT Woodcraft Guild do?
The Woodcraft Guild ACT provides facilities, tools, knowledge, training and materials for all types of woodworking.  It sells timber to members and accepts commissions from the public to make unique items in wood.

What can visitors to South.Point expect to see at the ACT Woodcraft exhibition?
Visitors will experience an exhibition and sale of beautiful and affordable handcrafted wooden giftware, functional home wares, toys, pens, boxes and turned items created by local artisans using Australian and recycled timbers.
They are invited to enjoy demonstrations of toy making and pyrography.

How can people become part of the ACT Woodcraft Guild?
Individuals and families can join the Guild at the South.Point event.  They can also go online to the Guild's website Woodcraft Guild ACT, and complete a membership form and pay on-line.
Membership for a single adult is $100 pa and $160 for a family of four.  Discounted rates are available for students and people who live regionally.
Children need to be high school age and be accompanied by a responsible adult to participate in activities at the Guild's work shed.

What are some skill groups and resources that the Guild offers?
We have Special Interest Groups covering in woodturning, carving, furniture making, toy making, furniture restoration, scroll saw work, blacksmithing and tool making, tool and pyrography. Our work shed is located in the Lions Youth Haven off the Kambah Pool Road.
The work shop has a wide range of tools, quality woodworking machines and 10 lathes for the use of members. The Guild also mills and sells wood to members at discounted prices.

Do I need to have particular skills to be a member of the Guild?
No, members can be beginners, experience hobbyists or professional woodworkers.
We have an introduction to Woodwork and Introduction to Wood Turning Special Interest Groups that specifically cater for beginners as well.

Can the Guild make or repair a wooden item for me?
Yes, the Guild accepts commissions for making and repairing wooden items.

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