Sydney’s wooden office building

We were very privileged to have Alec Tzannes, architect, speak to us at our June general meeting about the design and construction of Australia’s largest commercial building made from wood – International House at Barangaroo. Alec is the founding director of Tzannes, an architecture and urban design practice. He is one of Australia’s most respected […]

Hinges – for boxes

The chatter surrounding ‘box-making’ has been infectious of late, with members very eager to share their skills and knowledge with others. Our next “Box Making Competition” deadline is four months away; so it seemed timely to discuss box hardware (particularly hinges) at the general meeting. With demonstration hardware and the support of Peter Harris & […]

The Hardness of Wood

What’s the hardest wood in the world? It turns out to be an Australian timber called waddy wood. Its name comes from the fact it was used by aborigines for waddies or nulla nullas, that is, war clubs. Waddy-wood (Acacia peuce), also known as Birdsville wattle, grows in Central Australia and is an endangered species. […]

Stool Workshop with Evan Dunstone

Evan Dunstone (Dunstone Designs; Bespoke Fine Furniture – Queanbeyan), the foremost chair-maker in Australia, graced our Quarantine Reserve workshop for a full week-end intensive woodwork. Evan was very accommodating with access to his personal tools – spokeshaves, wood-carvers, sharp chisels. Carbatec was also generous in providing quite a number of items (wheel-marking gauges, tenon saws, […]

First annual sharpening workshop

All members are invited to come to our Workshop on Saturday, 6 May for the Association’s first Annual Sharpening Day. We plan to have 6 sharpening “stations” where experienced members will demonstrate the techniques that they like to use in their workshop on chisels, plane blades and/or scrapers. It is intended to be a “hands-on” […]

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