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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Heavy Metal Month 2018
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Heavy Metal Month 2018

Date claimer - mark it in your diaries now - heavy metal month with metalsmiths Sandra Dunn (Canada) and Bill Dorman (Australia).

From June 9 until June 22nd you will have an opportunity to work with these skilled artisans and teachers exploring Coppersmithing, Metal Techniques for jewellery and small sculptural objects, Introductory Blacksmithing, and to work on an collaborative metal project.

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Birds Fish and Flowers: Sculptural Forms in Sheet Copper with Sandra Dunn June 9-10

Metal Techniques for jewellers, sculptors and furniture makers with Bill Dorman June 11-13

WALL HOOKS AND CANDLE STICKS: Designing and Forging Everyday Objects - Introductory Blacksmithing with Sandra Dunn June 15-17

COMMUNITY PROJECT:  Steel and Copper Railing with Cooroora Institute artists, and Sandra Dunn and Bronson from Canada. Students who have attended any of the heavy metal month courses are invited to practice and extend their skills working with us on this project.

There is a heavily discounted price of $2000 for students who attend all 3 heavy metal month courses.

 

 

 

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BIRDS, FISH AND FLOWERS:  Sculptural Forms in Sheet Copper
Jun
9
to Jun 10

BIRDS, FISH AND FLOWERS:  Sculptural Forms in Sheet Copper

BIRDS, FISH AND FLOWERS:  Sculptural Forms in Sheet Copper with Sandra Dunn 

This introductory coppersmithing course looks at creating volumetric forms out of 2D sheet metal using a variety of simple hand tools.  Participants will learn about fundamental material properties, and metal working processes such as annealing, work hardening, hollowing, raising, bending, planishing, drilling, riveting and soldering.  Everyone will leave with an animal and a flower in addition to the skills they’ve learned and curiosity they’ve developed.

Sandra Dunn is a Canadian artist who works as a blacksmith and coppersmith and teacher - you can find more about her work here.

This is one of 3  workshops in our heavy Metal Month - you can do one, several or all three. Individually this workshop is $750. There is a special discounted price of $2000 for all 3 workshops.

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Buy a place in all 3 metal month workshops.

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Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman
Jun
11
to Jun 13

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, and a range of techniques for "not so fine" jewellery.  It 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 details here

This is one of 3  workshops in our heavy Metal Month - you can do one, several or all three. Individually this workshop is $890. There is a special discounted price of $2000 for all 3 workshops.

Buy a place in this workshop.

Buy a place in all 3 metal month workshops.

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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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Continuing Furniture making Classes (Term 2)
Jul
26
to Oct 11

Continuing Furniture making Classes (Term 2)

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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Wild Law Seminar
Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Wild Law Seminar

A lively one day interactive seminar exploring developments in wild laws and earth jurisprudence with Dr Michelle Maloney.

Dr Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB(Hons) ANU, PhD in law, Griffith University) is the Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. AELA advocates for Earth centred law, governance, economics and ethics. Michelle has 30 years’ experience designing climate change, social justice, and ecological justice projects in Australia, the US, UK and Indonesia. She leads multi-disciplinary teams within AELA and is on the Executive Committee of several international networks, including the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, the International Ecological Law and Governance Association and the “Yes to Life, No to Mining” International Network.

Michelle is a lively and entertaining speaker and makes learning about wild law accessible and fun. If you want to learn the many positive ways the world is changing, then be inspired through this workshop.

$55 - includes morning and afternoon tea. Bring your own lunch. Buy a place now.

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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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The Mitre and the Birdsbeak -Brian Reid Intensive
Sep
24
to Sep 30

The Mitre and the Birdsbeak -Brian Reid Intensive

A 7 day intensive with master furniture maker Brian Reid. 

Many woodworkers are terrified of mitre joints, especially the three way mitres. In actuality with a few simple tricks in layout and measurement these joints are easily mastered. 

The suggested project will be a wall hanging with four to nine square panels that are interchangeable to create an interactive piece of wall art.

For the more advanced students this project can be designed to be a small cabinet finished after this short class

$1500

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Writer In Residence - Stephanie Green
Oct
1
to Oct 21

Writer In Residence - Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green is Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing program, and was Deputy Head of School, Learning & Teaching, in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University from 2015-2017. She teaches courses in creative writing and literary studies, and convenes Foundations of Western Culture, one of six first year foundation courses in the Bachelor of Arts at GU.

 

Her academic books and journal articles include studies in creative writing, biography and screen gothic fantasy. Her recent major publications include Letting the Wrong One In: Hospitality and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture. Co-edited with A/Prof Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska (Jagiellonian University, Poland) and Dr David Baker (HLSS, Griffith University, Australia) (Palgrave, November 2017), and The Public Lives of Charlotte and Marie Stopes (Taylor & Francis, 2013). 


As a practicing creative writer, she has also published fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and cultural journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous journals such as Axon, TEXT, Griffith Review, Overland and in a variety of anthologies and collections.

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Sculptural wood carving with John van der Kolk - carving Birds
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Sculptural wood carving with John van der Kolk - carving Birds

Carve birds with John - John Van Der Kolk is one of Australia's leading wood artists, and amongst his huge portfolio there are many fabulous carvings of birds, from abstracted Egrets to highly nuanced anatomical carvings.

This is an opportunity to work with John to build your carving skills as he leads you through the process of creating a carved bird. John says, "I find the delight in bird carving is that it can range from highly detailed photo-realistic studies to simple dynamic abstractions and the end results can be amazing"

$750 - buy a place now

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, from beginners through to skilled carvers looking to increase their skills.

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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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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. 

Register your interest now, or Pay for your place now

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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.

Register your interest now! Purchase a place now

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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

Register your interest now, or purchase a place in the class now

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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).

View Event →
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.

Buy a place.

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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.

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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.

Register your interest now, or purchase your place now

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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. 

Register your interest now, or Pay for your place now

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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.

Register your interest now, or purchase a place now.

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