I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
Carpentry- it's one of the world's oldest professions, and without it, we wouldn't have been able to create shelter, or build anything that would ensure our survival until now. Even though there are many more ways for us to make things nowadays, woodwork is still an important skill to know, and some of the items that can be created as a result (although these are mostly ornamental) can be amazing to see. The level of skill that is involved in making a simple-looking wooden bowl, or a carefully-crafted wooden boat is astounding, and is a great inspiration to anybody who has ever considered picking up a claw hammer or chisel.
Over the weekend of January 4 and 5 in 2014, Bellarine Woodworkers Inc will be holding an Exhibition and Sales event at the St James Church Hall in Drysdale. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch live demonstrations of various woodwork techniques, and learn about the intricacies of the artform. Members from the group will also be on hand to talk about the wooden pieces on display, which have been crafted by hand from pieces of salvaged or bought wood. If you find that you have fallen in love with a particular piece, you will have the opportunity to purchase it, as this event is not only an exhibition of fine work, but a chance for the woodworkers to sell their finished designs. Don't despair if you want to visit this show and have the kids on board, because children will also be catered for- they have the opportunity to select and make their own wooden toys. This lovely idea harks back to the days when iPads and Nintendo Wii's didn't exist, and kids had to entertain themselves with toys that didn't have electronic parts.
An example of some of the work that will be on display. SpringDale Messenger December 2013
All of the members of the Bellarine Woodworkers group are bound by a love for wood and woodworking, and come from all professions. Their mutual respect for the artform, and their willingness to learn new techniques to advance their craft means that the level of workmanship is high, as is the quality of the pieces that they produce. If you're looking for a wooden treasure for your home, or would just like to see some skilled crafters at work, come along to this wonderful event and you won't be disappointed.
This event will be held at the St James Church Hall in Drysdale