Woodworking Courses

WWA Courses for 2021

The Association is pleased to offer a range of short courses for members again this year. They are presented by members, for members and costed as a benefit of membership. People not yet a member are most welcome to join.  Please download the form under the Membership tab of this website.  All courses are presented in our COVID safe workshop in Abbotsford. The program below details date, cost, presenters and a brief description of each event. More detailed descriptions of will be published in the next newsletter.

As the year unfolds updated information will be sent to members.  Courses need at least 4 participants to be viable and are capped at 6. As happened three times last year, courses may be repeated as demand requires. It is probable that additional courses will be offered. Reminders about upcoming courses will be emailed to members.

How do I join a course?

Courses are filled on a first paid, first confirmed basis. If you would like to participate in a course or if you need any information please contact Phil Nanlohy. Phil’s contact is philnanlohy@gmail.com and his phone number is 0416 022 252. (9 to 9, 7 days) Please check with Phil that space is still available for the course you want and then make the payment to confirm your spot. To pay for a course a direct debit needs to be made to the Associations account. (BSB: 112879, Acc. No.: 107098141, Acc. Name: Woodworkers Association of NSW)

Current state of course bookings  As at 12 November, 2021

Course Update
There are a few places still left in the restarted courses program. (Table 1 below) The Leather
Stitching, Lacing and Plaiting course has been reinstated and will run next Saturday the 20 th of
November. There are three places left in this course. In December there will be three courses,
two led by Matt Dwight and one by myself. There is only one space left in Matt’s Hand Cut
Joints course. This will run on Saturday the 11th of December. Please contact me, Phil Nanlohy
if you would like one of the places in next Saturday’s Leather course or the last place in Matt’s
course. My contact details are; Mob. 041 60 222 52 (9 to 9) or philnanlohy@gmail.com.
As the title suggests the Leather course will teach three techniques for joining leather or similar
materials. The main focus will be on saddle stitching using the double needle technique and a
stitching pony. All these methods can be used when leather is part of your woodworking or
furniture making. They are also very useful repair techniques in their own right. Participants
will leave with a small stitching kit and a project to finish.
It is good to know that the courses program has been successfully relaunched. Peter Harris,
assisted by Tim Major, led the 4 day Marquetry course in the week following the lifting of the
health orders. On the following two Saturdays Steve Townsend and Brian Dawson completed
two iterations of the Shaker Step Stool course. David Palmer ran his Router Introduction last
Over the next few months we will be planning the courses for 2022. If you have a suggestion for
a course please get in touch. We are particularly interested to hear from members who would
like to lead a course. Even if you have not done this before please consider sharing your
expertise. The committee can offer you assistance to plan and prepare your course and can be
there to provide support on the day.
Phil Nanlohy

Course                                                   New Dates              Paid Places     Vacancies
Leather Stitching,Lacing and Plaiting    20/11/21                        3                     3
Introductory WW No 2                           4/12/21                         6                     0
Hand Cut Joints No 1                            11/12/21                         6                     0
Hand Cut Joints No 2                            18/12/21                         5                     1

Leather stitching, lacing & Plaiting
Led by Phil Nanlohy (0416022252)
This is not a woodworking course. It will teach participants how to use saddle stitching, lacing and plaiting to create projects with pieces of garment leather and hide. Participants will use ‘stitching ponies’ made from upcycled plywood, will learn edge lacing and flat and round plaiting. It was the most popular choice in the member’s survey. The fee is $120.


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