Continuing Furniture making Classes
Nov
2
to Dec 21

Continuing Furniture making Classes

Weekly furniture making and fine woodworking class. 

3 class times available - Mornings 9-12, afternoons 1-4, and evenings 5:30-8:30. Feb 9, - Aug 31, 2017

In our continuing weekly classes, we work on student directed projects. Students all begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design. Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools. We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Felder  panel saw, Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, Hammer spiral head thicknesser, spindle moulder, mortisers, overhead routers etc).

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Continuing Furniture making Classes
Feb
1
to Jul 12

Continuing Furniture making Classes

Weekly furniture making and fine woodworking class. 

3 class times available - Mornings 9-12, afternoons 1-4, and evenings 5:30-8:30. Feb 9, - Aug 31, 2017

In our continuing weekly classes, we work on student directed projects. Students all begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design. Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools. We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Felder  panel saw, Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, Hammer spiral head thicknesser, spindle moulder, mortisers, overhead routers etc).

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Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class
Feb
9
to Feb 13

Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class

If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills.  This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.

Limited to 6 participants

$720, includes materials. 

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Introduction to Working with Machinery: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels
Feb
23
to Feb 28

Introduction to Working with Machinery: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels

An introduction to basic machine tool woodworking, covering the safe and accurate use of basic static wood machinery. We will prepare timber with the bandsaw, surface planer, thickness planer, and cut joinery with mortisers, routers, drill press, panel saw and spindle moulder.

Limited to 6 participants

$840, includes materials.

Purchase a place now.

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Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture 2018
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture 2018

It's almost alchemical - turning the stiff brittle stuff that is timber into a plastic material that forms lovely curves ...

In this workshop we will spend 3 hands-on days exploring bending techniques for use in studio furniture and sculpture. We will work with steam bending, laminating, kerf-bending and hot-pipe bending, and investigate a range of approaches to each technique. 

Ross has taught wood bending at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA, to Indonesian Forest Product Researchers, to university design students, and to woodworkers from all around Australia.

Register your interest now! Purchase your place now.

$750, includes materials.

 

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Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class Sept 2018
Sep
7
to Sep 12

Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class Sept 2018

If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills.  This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.

Limited to 6 participants

$720, includes materials. 

 Pay for your place now

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Nature writing and the poetics of place 2018
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Nature writing and the poetics of place 2018

Exploring place through art journal and writing…

You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:

  • build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
  • play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
  • sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.

$275, includes materials.

 Purchase a place now

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Chairmaking class with Ross Annels
Nov
2
1:00 PM13:00

Chairmaking class with Ross Annels

Provisional date only - we are accepting Expressions of Interest for this 10 day intensive.

 

Let Ross guide you through the process of making a refined dining chair. Along the way we will investigate ergonomics, design, shaping and bending timber, joinery options, making jigs and fixtures and simple upholstery. Requires some woodworking experience, we recommend having completed at least our hand tools fundamentals course, and introductory wood machining course before undertaking a chair.

Ross Annels is a studio artist/furniture maker who works from the Cooroora Institute on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Ross teaches at the Cooroora Institute, at the Queensland College of Art, and at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA. Ross has exhibited and presented in Australia, Canada, USA, Germany, UK and New Zealand, and his work has featured in publications including Art Monthly AustraliaCraft Arts InternationalAustralian Wood Review500 Chairs and 500 Cabinets.

Class size limited to 4

10 days.

$1300, includes materials.

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Nature writing and the poetics of place
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Nature writing and the poetics of place

Exploring place through art journal and writing…

You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:

  • build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
  • play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
  • sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.

$275, includes materials.

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Sculptural furniture making class with Ross Annels
Nov
7
to Dec 12

Sculptural furniture making class with Ross Annels

Explore the expressive side of furniture making. We will draw, stack-laminate, carve, bend, cooper, turn, join, burn, and paint to achieve sculptural forms that also serve a functional purpose. In the class we will begin building either a small table or a seating form. You will need to set aside studio time of your own to complete your project. This class is an introduction to a range of advanced techniques for creating and joining sculptural furniture elements. 

6 weeks Tuesdays, 10:30am-5:30pm, 7 Nov - 12 Dec 2017

Class limited to 4

$780 plus materials

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Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture
Aug
4
to Aug 6

Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture

It's almost alchemical - turning the stiff brittle stuff that is timber into a plastic material that forms lovely curves ...

In this workshop we will spend 3 hands-on days exploring bending techniques for use in studio furniture and sculpture. We will work with steam bending, laminating, kerf-bending and hot-pipe bending, and investigate a range of approaches to each technique. 

Ross has taught wood bending at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA, to Indonesian Forest Product Researchers, to university design students, and to woodworkers from all around Australia.

More about this course.

Register your interest now! Purchase your place now.

$750, includes materials.

 

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Jewellery gone wild: not so fine jewellery techniques.
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Jewellery gone wild: not so fine jewellery techniques.

This workshop will cover a range of techniques for "not so fine" jewellery. This is not specifically a jewellery course. It will cross across metals and techniques that can be used in jewellery or for inclusion in woodwork, small sculpture or wherever your fancy takes you.

More information here.

Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). Feel free to contact Bill before hand with special requests or questions. 

This is the second of two workshops with Bill Dorman in our Metal Month - you can do one or the other or both. Individually the workshop is $850. Buy a place.

There is a special discounted price of $1500 for both workshops.

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Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman
Jul
7
to Jul 9

Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman

The return of this very popular teacher and workshop.  

Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). This workshop will cover a range of techniques for working with metals in sculptural context.

More information about this course here.

Buy a place now

This is the first of two workshops with Bill Dorman in our Metal Month - you can do one or the other or both. Individually this workshop is $850.

There is a special discounted price of $1500 for both workshops.

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Smoke on the Water
Jun
28
to Jul 2

Smoke on the Water

Australian wood fire ceramics conference. The mudlark pottery is a host studio.

During the lead up to Smoke on the Water, contemporary aboriginal artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins will be in residence and will work with students from Griffith University's Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program in Cooroora's Mudlark Studio. 

Grace Cochrane, art critic and craft writer, will be our visiting scholar in residence over this period. 

Anika Annels will be firing the Kiln on Wednesday 28th, from 8am into the evening. The kiln will be opened over our regular Open Studios on Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm, with a number of visual artists in attendance. 

At 4pm Wednesday 28th there will be a tour of our newly established coppicing woodlot, and a talk from Steve Husband and Phil Moran from Noosa District Landcare on growing your own fuel, followed by coffee and drinks in the courtyard and studios.

The Cooroora Institute cafe and mini gallery will be open throughout the conference and visitors are welcome.

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Chairmaking class with Ross Annels
May
23
to Jul 25

Chairmaking class with Ross Annels

Let Ross guide you through the process of making a refined dining chair. Along the way we will investigate ergonomics, design, shaping and bending timber, joinery options, jigs and upholstery. Requires previous woodworking experience.

Class size limited to 4

10 weeks Tuesdays 10:30am - 5:30pm

$1300, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase your place now

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Women's Woodworking Class
Apr
25
to May 16

Women's Woodworking Class

A gentle introduction to woodworking, including the use of hand tools, power tools and workshop machinery. In just one day a week for 4 weeks Ross will guide you through making a series of small wooden boxes, using increasingly sophisticated techniques each week.

10:30am - 2:30 pm Tuesdays, 25 April - 16 May.

$400, includes materials.

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Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class
Mar
28
to Apr 11

Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class

If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills.  This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.

Limited to 6 participants

4 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30am-5:30pm from 28 March - 18 April 2017

$520, includes materials. 

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Working with machinery class: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels
Feb
14
10:30 AM10:30

Working with machinery class: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels

An introduction to basic machine tool woodworking, covering the safe and accurate use of basic static wood machinery. We will prepare timber with the bandsaw, surface planer, thickness planer, and cut joinery with mortisers, routers, drill press, panel saw and spindle moulder.

Limited to 4 participants

6 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30 - 5:30, 14 February - 21 March.

$840, includes materials.

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The handcut dovetail class with Brian Reid
Dec
12
to Dec 13

The handcut dovetail class with Brian Reid

Dovetails, sweet dovetails, wasp waisted dovetails, created at the bench, quietly, with the whispers of a well tuned saw and crisply sharpened chisel. We strive for perfection and beauty with the simplest of tools. It just doesn't get any better than this. In two days you will be more than on your way to mastering this most beautiful of joints.

$540, catered, includes materials.

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Cooroora Institute End of year Celebration
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Cooroora Institute End of year Celebration

 

A gentler end to the Cooroora Institute's year (to replace our long dinner). We'll have some student's work on display along with gift certificates for our many courses next year. All the long term inhabitant artists will be here: Ross Annels, Tamsin Kerr, and Anika Annels, along with our two USA artists-in-residence, Brian Reid and Monica Chau, who will talk about their practice and fine work. And there'll be champagne and nibbles and celebration all round for another year of creative practice in sharing the song of this earth. All welcome!

 

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Sonic Environments
Nov
20
9:30 AM09:30

Sonic Environments

Listening to place: sonic adventures

Join Vanessa Tomlinson, Leah Barclay and Tamsin Kerr for a day exploring the sonic environments and acoustic ecologies of place. The morning will start with a sound walk and listening activities followed by presentation and discussion about the practice and philosophy of listening, recording, improvising, composing, and celebrating the many layered sounds of place. The afternoon will be a listening museum of transient installations and performances celebrating the acoustic ecologies of the Cooroora Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to join improvisations, collaborate on site-responsive installations or explore and discover sonic environments throughout the landscape. 

9:30am to 5pm Sunday 20th November

Full day catered: $75/$45

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