THE Ballarat Woodworkers Guild is a non-profit organisation established to foster an appreciation of wood and all aspects of working with wood and on the weekend of 26 and 27 September the group is holding its annual Wood and Craft Show. Show convener and committee member, George Davis, said the show has been running for over twenty years and each year it gets bigger and better. “This year we are pleased to say we have 55 stalls ranging from people turning lace bobbins, which are tiny little things about the size of a toothpick right up to furniture making and crafts, spinning and weaving and for the kids, because its school holidays, we have animals of the bush and opportunities to handle birds, marsupials and snakes all the things we find in the Australian bush,” he said. “There will craft supplies, tools and equipment suppliers, raffle prizes and spot prizes.”
Just the major raffle prize is worth attending for – a replica of an English manor house (dolls house), with everything lovingly handmade. “ One of our members is a English fellow who used to restore and renovate manor houses in the U K so he brings his skills out and now does it all in miniature,” Mr Davis said. “It is even furnished with mini replicas and very expensive on the market.” The Ballarat Woodworkers Guild has over 100 members,
both male and female, ranging in age from early thirties to the eighties. “It will be all hands on deck for the show, we have a job for everyone if they can’t help lift, shove and push, and turn and scroll saw, they are selling or providing cups of tea,” Mr Davis added.
“This year we have changed the time of the year because of problems with access to the venue so that will be interesting to see but we are hoping people will come along and do some Christmas shopping because there are some beautiful handmade stuff that’s available at a very reasonable price, direct from the manufacturer. “We have demonstrators and traders coming from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia so we have most of the eastern seaboard covered with people who have skills and think Ballarat is worth coming to, so we hoping the public will support them.”
The Ballarat Woodworkers Guild Art and Craft Show will be held in the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre 989 Norman Street, Wendouree. Saturday 26 September 9am -5pm, Sunday 27 September 10am to 4pm, entry $5