CREATIVE CLUB: Dorothy Weatherburn, Lyn Keidel, Neal McDonald, Ken Berlin and Geoff Holloway.
CREATIVE CLUB: Dorothy Weatherburn, Lyn Keidel, Neal McDonald, Ken Berlin and Geoff Holloway. Rob Williams

Learn about joys of working with wood

IPSWICH Woodcrafts Club has provided a friendly and stimulating environment for an increasing number of handy men and women over the past 26 years.

An influx of retiring baby boomers has pushed membership numbers up towards 100 recently, however the group is keen to maintain its appeal to men and women of all ages.

This Saturday's open day at the group's Brassall workshop aims to show off the intricate creations that members have been able to create with nothing more than a bit of know how, the right tools and a healthy dose of enthusiasm.

Club event co-ordinator Geoff Holloway said the open day would allow members of the public to see live demonstrations of wood turning, scroll sawing, carving, and pyrography.

"We are also holding our annual in-house competition on the day, where members will aim to make the best lidded box," Mr Holloway said.

"Each member can make two entries and the winner will be decided by people's choice.

"It's a great way to encourage club members to perfect their art."

Woodcrafts Club members can pick their skill in anything from wood turning, to jewellery making and pyrography.

Meetings are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week, with members free to attend as many of the sessions as they like.

Mr Holloway joined the group three years ago having been a maker of slab furniture for about a decade.

"I wanted to learn more about wood turning, which was why I joined," he said.

"I've been busy making bowls of all shapes and sizes from all sorts of timber."

The work of Mr Holloway and other club members will be on display and on sale at the open day, which runs at the hall on the corner of Mihi and Swan Sts, 9am-3pm.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their hand at some pyrography.

For more information, phone club president Neal McDonald on 3281 1342.



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