2008 Maleny Wood Expo From Chainsaw To Fine Furniture


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The Maleny Wood Expo is back! This two-day family event is packed with something for the whole family. From rustic bush furniture to contemporary design, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland's premier event showcases the region's finest wood artisans.

Smell the distinctive spicy aroma of newly milled timber and watch the sawdust fly! Demonstrations by the experts of the chainsaw, trade tools and woodworking demonstrations. Catch the mobile millers in action

Experience the amazing Sprocket. Children will be enchanted by the interactive magical musical playground. Pull up a hay bale and enjoy great food and fabulous local music; there'll be plenty of entertainment for everyone!

Bring your family and friends along for a great day out in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland!
Admission:

    * $10 Adults
    * $8 Pensioners
    * FREE for Children Under 16

Maleny Wood Expo 08
May 3rd and 4th
Maleny Showgrounds
9am - 5pm daily



24th April 2008  Mayor Bob Abbot to open the Maleny Wood Expo, 3-4 May, Maleny Showgrounds

The New Sunshine Coast Mayor, Bob Abbott, will officially open the 2008 Maleny Wood Expo, From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture, to be held at the Maleny Showgrounds on the weekend of 3-4 May.

Mr Abbott will address some of Australia's top woodworkers, furniture makers, sculptors, craftspeople and leaders in sustainable farm forestry and eco-lifestyles, at an industry-only preview party on 2 May.

After a break in 2007, Maleny-based Barung Landcare will host the Expo for the 12th time.  The Expo is Barung's major annual fundraiser and education event, and promotes the beauty of our Australian native timbers by bringing together our region's talented eco-conscious artisans and forward thinkers in sustainable living.

From Sculpted Glass to Recycled Pool Tables

Renowned glass artist Tina Cooper will exhibit for the first time at this year's Expo, showcasing her beautiful dancing Brolga sculpture, created from salvaged Red cedar in collaboration with artists Roger Chadwick and Muraay Djeripi (Peter Mulcahy).

One of the leading figures in Australian Studio glass, Tina's inspiration in creating her original, one-off designs comes directly from nature. Her pieces are highly sought after and can be found in collections the world over.

Another exhibitor sure to attract attention for the uniqueness of their craft is David Brodie, with his pool tables handcrafted from recycled railway sleepers. They can be made in a rustic or smooth finish, with a choice of over 18 different cloth covers. You won't find these anywhere else in Australia!

Even musical instruments get the stamp of sustainability at the Maleny Wood Expo. The Australian Association of Musical Instrument Makers will feature on the stage in the main pavilion. Drawcard items such as Doug Eaton's ukulele, made from sustainably-harvested Australian Blackwood, will share the stage with a variety of traditional, folk, modern and experimental musical instruments - you'll see everything from guitars and violins to an octave mandolin (also known as an Irish bouzouki)!

Handcrafted furniture with charm and character that is built to last using recycled or salvaged timbers warms the soul as much as it pleases the eye and rests the body. Richard Knight's rustic bush furniture is designed to stand the test of time. His rustic bed created from aged Ironbark fence posts and palings will be seen for the first time at the Expo. Local architect and furniture designer, Philip Boorman's contemporary coffee-Art table, titled "The Relationship Journey", created from Queensland cedar and Queensland maple will also be a highlight.

A must-see is Curt Swenson who will be putting the finishing touches to his new Japanese-inspired low lounging chair with modern lines at the Expo. Curt continues to evolve and develop his exquisite Windsor-style chairs, which originated in England in the early 1700's. Curt's chairs are created from salvaged timbers such as jacaranda, cedar, bloodwood, pine and ash. 
 
If you'd like buy rustic bush furniture or to try your hand at making your own, you can buy quality slabs of timber and furniture from Brad Davidge of Brad's Bush Furniture. Expo visitors can see Brad's new custom-built portable sawmill in action in the miller's paddock - an ideal piece of equipment for farm forestry.

Art, Eco-Living, Food and Fun!

Expo-goers who've had their fill of the creative woodwork and timber displays will get a kick out of Penny Riddoch's photography exhibition, this year titled "Faces of Maleny". You just may see yourself or someone you know in amongst Penny's exhibition.

Relief printmaker Owen Hutchinson will demonstrate traditional wood block printing at the Expo. Owen has won awards throughout Queensland for his outstanding works on paper.

If you're interested in eco-lifestyles and sustainable housing, make sure you visit the SALA Homes exhibit and have a chat about their award-winning 5-star energy efficient kit homes. On show will also be solar power displays, including hot water systems, ethically sourced home decor items and toys and the internationally-awarded Biolytix wastewater system, developed in Maleny.

With a big Expo appetite to satisfy, you'll find healthy sustenance at the Taste Maleny Produce Store, where you can taste or buy wines, specialty cheeses, dairy products, emu sausages, gourmet bush foods including cakes and sauces, organic olive oil and a range of refreshing teas. There are plenty of other food stalls too, serving everything from fish and chips to rainforest liqueurs.

Musical entertainment includes the amazing 'weapon of mass percussion' known as "Sprocket", and an interactive magical musical playground will captivate the kids for hours!

With almost 130 different displays and activities, there's something to interest everyone at the 2008 Maleny Wood Expo. Come early and make a day of it!

The 2008 Maleny Wood Expo will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds on Saturday May 3 & Sunday May 4. Expo tickets are $10 each; $8 concession card holders; free entry for children under 16. Free parking is provided. For more information visit www.malenywoodexpo.org.au

Thanks to the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Caloundra Tourism, Burnett Mary Regional Group and SEQ Catchments for their generous support of the Maleny Wood Expo, From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture 2008. 

Graphics to the right:
1. See David Brodie's handcrafted pool tables from recycled railway sleepers at the Expo.
2. See Curt Swenson's exquisite Windsor-style chairs at the Expo
3. Richard Knight in his workshop in Maleny.
4. Doug Eaton in his Maleny workshop.
5. See Tina Cooper's beautiful dancing brolga sculpture created from salvaged red cedar created in collaboration with artists Roger Chadwick and Muraay Djeripi (Peter Mulcahy).


10 April 2208  Play that wood!

Good music needs good wood - ask any accomplished musician! Traditionally exotic and valuable timber species were used to build musical instruments and in the past musical instrument makers sought out wood from old-growth forests around the world, in order to produce the best quality music.

Although musical instrument manufacturing is not the driving force behind vanishing critical forest habitat, instrument makers are leading the way in sustainability.

The Maleny Wood Expo is proud to showcase the talents of the members of the SEQ branch of the Australian Association of Musical Instrument Makers or "AAMIM" on May 3 and 4 at the Maleny Showgrounds.

Many of the group's members have achieved worldwide recognition in their speciality, with their instruments and services in demand around the globe. They are involved daily in the construction, maintenance, restoration, conservation, research and development of an extensive variety of traditional, folk, modern and experimental musical instruments. The AAMIM's mission is simple, to encourage and promote the development of high quality Australian-made instruments and where possible to utilize Australian native timbers.

Doug Eaton is a full-time Luthier and repairer of stringed acoustic instruments. He lives with his partner Dale in Maleny and is president of the Queensland AAMIM branch. He specializes in guitars, mandolins, dulcimers and octave mandolins (also known as Irish bouzoukis).

See Doug's ukulele on display at the Expo, created from salvaged Australian Blackwood, and his steel stringed and classical guitars and of course that Irish bouzouki!

Doug said, "Australian Blackwood has been sustainably harvested in Tasmania since the 1940s. The cold climate makes the trees grow slower, making the timber darker and denser, and providing excellent acoustic qualities. It is highly sought after by musical instrument makers worldwide and while plantation stands are still only in experimental stages, it is already being exported to musical instrument makers overseas. Musical instruments are not solely three-dimensional objects, there is a fourth dimension - they have to sound good!"

Another musical instrument maker at the Expo will be Chris Twidle. Chris will be bringing along a violin created from sustainably harvested native timbers Birdseye Maple and Tasmanian King Billy Pine. He will also bring along his bows made from Saffronheart, an Australian native timber and Snakewood, a sustainably harvested timber he purchased in England.

Chris said, "Not all instruments were made from old growth forests in the past. There is a story that the selection of Sycamore/Maple with the fiddleback ripple, so common on quality string instruments, came about because Stradivarius, who lived in Cremona not too far from Venice, had access to plenty of such timber. The reason being that it was rejected by the manufacturers of oars for the galleys, because it was not as strong as the plain, unfigured wood!"

Other featured musical instruments from AAMIM at the Expo will be Maurice Brigg's mandolins, Mal Ohlsen's guitars and George Paxevanos's violins, violas and bows.

From rustic bush furniture to contemporary design, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland's premier event the Maleny Wood Expo, hosted by Barung Landcare, showcases the region's finest wood artisans.

Live action for this years Expo will be demos by the experts of the chainsaw, trade tools and woodworking tools and equipment. Other displays include eco-friendly building products, local produce and gourmet foods, photography, environmental displays, a native plant nursery, and much more.

See and experience the amazing "Sprocket" - a human powered weapon of mass percussion! And children will love the interactive musical playground. There'll be plenty of entertainment for everyone!

Thanks to the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Burnett Mary Regional Group and SEQ Catchments for their generous support of the Maleny Wood Expo From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture 2008.



Modern day mountain man!

They say that some people choose their professions and some professions choose them, well the latter applies to Brad Davidge of Brad's Bush Furniture.

Brad is only 31 Years old with a remarkably short but productive career in wood.  Living on the family farm he started work with his father who taught Brad the strong work ethic he has today. 

After finishing school Brad spent the next 10 years working as a fern picker, walking through many miles of our local forestries, partly to support his love of V8 cars, which took him many years to realise cost lots of money. 

Then the offer came from a mate for Brad to borrow and operate his portable sawmill.  Well, from that moment on Brad soon learnt he was not a fern picker but an established portable saw miller.

This proud father of three on the outside looks like a modern day mountain man, but that doesn't faze anyone that meets him. For years Brad travelled with his portable saw mill and chain saw mills.  He has learnt a lot during this time and built up many great relationships with people in the industry who still work with him to this day. 

He had stockpiled salvaged slabs and logs so he decided, with the support of his partner Jacqui, to try his hand at some Bush Furniture.  He made and sold his very first piece of furniture, a blue gum coffee table, in 2002 for his first Maleny Wood Expo!

It was at that Maleny Wood Expo where he also first demonstrated his saw milling talent to the delight of Expo visitors and displayed some of his bush furniture.  Brad enjoys the camaraderie (and the friendly competition) between the saw millers at the Expo, which are amongst the most popular demonstrations each year.  With each Wood Expo Brad becomes more confident in his craft. 

Last year Brad and associates invested in a bigger custom-built portable sawmill to enable him to expand production, of which there are currently only a few of these in Australia to date.  His old mill used to produce around 2 cubic metres of timber per day.  His new monster mill can now process between 8 to 10 cubic metres per day. 

Brad now has the freedom and resources to custom fit businesses such as hairdressing salons, restaurants, penthouses, art galleries and the like with his timber, slabs and furniture.  He also produces house building materials such as step treads, beams, flooring, decking as well as slab material for bench tops for kitchens and bathrooms and provides other furniture makers with timber. 

His latest venture has been to establish a new company 'Top of the Range Timbers'.  Brad said "I now have the resources to supply green off sawn timber at standard or better grade than currently available and to harvest timber from local landholder's properties".   His new company is currently supplying building materials for the erection of cabins in Montville as well as the custom built furniture for them.

Brad is a featured miller at the 2008 Maleny Wood Expo and you can see Brad and his new portable saw mill in action as well as his bush furniture at the Maleny Showgrounds 3 and 4 May. 

The Maleny Wood Expo is proudly hosted by Barung Landcare and live action for this years Expo will be demos by the experts of the chainsaw, trade tools and woodworking tools and equipment.  Other displays include eco-friendly building products, local produce and gourmet foods, photography, environmental displays, a native plant nursery, and much more.

See and experience the amazing "Sprocket" - a human powered weapon of mass percussion!  And children will love the interactive musical playground.  There'll be plenty of entertainment for everyone!

Thanks to the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Burnett Mary Regional Group and SEQ Catchments for their generous support of the Maleny Wood Expo From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture 2008.


Pioneers inspire rustic furniture

Richard Knight has the dream job working at what he does best. With a natural affinity for wood, Richard creates rustic bush furniture that showcases the natural beauty of timber and is built to stand the test of time. Picture framing has been Richards's trade for much of his working life taking framing to another level by hand painting and customizing with great effect.

Before moving to Queensland, Richard owned a gallery at Warburton in the Yarra Valley, Victoria during the 1990's.  He sold works for a number of local artists including an inspirational pioneer in the art of rustic bush furniture, Frank Wimmer.  Richard was impressed by the clever design of Frank's furniture constructed with mortise and tenons utilizing recycled and salvaged timbers. Richard said, "Frank held workshops that attracted people from all over Australia on this technique. He told me he considered me his best student which was remarkable as I'd never attended one of his courses!"

Richard's craft also evolved from people like Jimmy Possum, a craftsman who early last century made chairs using this same technique of construction using simple hand tools such as a draw-knife, rasps and chisels. "Jimmy's chairs were designed so that the more you sat down on them the stronger they became." Richard added.

Say hello to Richard at his display site at the 2008 Maleny Wood Expo at the Maleny Showgrounds on 3 and 4 May, where he will exhibit artistic furniture pieces including beds (seen for the first time at this Expo) created from aged Ironbark fence posts and palings. Also, chairs, stools and tables constructed from timbers such as Maple, Jacaranda, Silky Oak, Tea Tree, She Oak and other salvaged woods will be on display. Richard would love to talk with you about your particular needs and designs including aspects of home installations and rustic framing. The feature piece for 2008, a four poster bed created from salvaged She Oak will form the centre piece in the "rustic bedroom setting" in the Main Pavilion at the Expo.

For more information go to malenywoodexpo.org.au Thanks to the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Burnett Mary Regional Group and SEQ Catchments for their generous support.  Without our sponsors, the event simply would not be possible this year!

For more information contact:
Steve McLeish
Expo Coordinator - 2008 Maleny Wood Expo From Chainsaw To Fine FurnitureTM
Host Organisation: Barung Landcare Association Inc.
Tel:  07 3103 2421
Mob: 0428 674 335
Email: steve@malenywoodexpo.com.au

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