Saturday, 26 September, 2015

Visit to Interwood Panels, plywood fabricators.


Put the date in your calendar. Details soon.


7.30pm Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Phoebe Everill: The design process: from idea to product.  


Phoebe Everill will discuss her design process, starting with an idea and working through to the completed piece, using some completed projects to illustrate her points. Along the way, she’ll talk about how she ended up as a studio woodworker, and reflect on being a woman in a traditionally male area of work.  

Phoebe started off life as a tradie, and established a successful carpentry and renovations business that focussed on personalised designs and exquisite finishing.  She then turned her eye fine furniture by moving interstate to study at Sturt School for Wood in 2009. In 2011 she completed a Certificate IV in Furniture Design & Technology. In 2012 she was an Artist in Residence at Sturt, providing a studio space and machine access to further develop her portfolio.  Phoebe is a member of Studio Woodworkers Australia, and is the Chair of that body.    

Large Meeting Room
5 Blackwood St
North Melbourne  VIC  3051



9.30am Saturday, 23 May, 2015 - Note the early start

Visit to: Timber Zoo - Recycled Timber Warehouse

Where: 385 Portarlington Road, Moolap 3224

Timber Zoo is a well-known specialist recycled timber supplier located near Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula. They specialise in Australian hardwoods and the range of species used in building and construction from the early to the mid-20th century.

We will have a tour of the facilities, and hear about the origin for their timbers, and the current state of the recycled timber industry in Victoria.


Timber Zoo


Wednesday, 22 April, 2015

Serge Haidutschyk: Bringing wooden insects to life


Born in Melbourne of Ukrainian parents, Serge has always had an interest in fine woodworking. Serge completed an apprenticeship in Engineering Patternmaking at the Victorian Railways Newport workshop where, for 25 years, he constructed patterns for train parts including historic steam train parts for the Puffing Billy. He also worked as a contract patternmaker for GCF, a foundry in Footscray, that made heavy castings for the mining industry.

During 35 years as a patternmaker, he acquired skills as a craftsman in woodturning, model making and sculpture, winning many woodwork awards, including first prize in the Australian Working with Wood Show and first prize at the Royal Melbourne Show. His works are mainly made from recycled Australian native timbers such as Huon Pine, King Billy Pine, Kauri, Red Gum and Blackwood.  Serge is a founding member of the Altona woodworkers Club.

Serge will talk about how he makes his extraordinarily lifelike wooden insects which can be seen on

When: 7.30 – 9.00 pm, Wednesday 25th March 2015
Where:  Meat Market Art Centre, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne   VIC   3051



Wednesday, 25 March, 2015
Phoebe Everill - The design process: from idea to product

This meeting has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances and will be rescheduled for June 2015.

When: 7.30 – 9.00 pm, Wednesday 25th March 2015
Where:  Meat Market Art Centre, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne   VIC   3051


Wednesday, 25 February, 2015
Joe Chester - Treehorn Design

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The February VWA members meeting will be a workshop visit hosted by Joe Chester from Treehorn Design ( Over a the last few years Joe has built a vibrant business specialising in beautifully designed wooden jewellery and homewares. Treehorn Design products are sold in retailers across Australia and through their online shop.

Joe will talk about the setting up Treehorn Design, his production process, where he gets his inspiration, and give a tour of his workshop.

Joe works from a workshop which is part of the Workco cooperative ( Worco is a not-for-profit Co-operative organization made up of over a dozen craftsmen & women, and includes wrought ironworks, furnituremaking, beds and kitchen cabinetry, lead-lighting, harpsichord and violin making. Some of the other Workco craftspeople will also be there to talk about their work.

When: 7.30 – 9.00 pm, Wednesday 25th February
Where:  1/20 Albert Street. Preston 3072
Parking: In the side streets off Albert St.