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Course duration is 10 days & fees at the Moonan Workshop are $1500 which includes use of all tools, all materials & your self catering accommodation for 11 nights.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL 2020 COURSES ARE FULLY BOOKED AT THE MOMENT. IF A PLACE BECOMES AVAILABLE AND YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR CONTACT DETAILS.

DATES FOR THE 2021 COURSE HAVE NOT YET BEEN DECIDED AND WILL BE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE LATER IN THE YEAR. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE WELCOME.

UPCOMING COURSES 2020

Course 1/20 at the Molong Workshop Sat 28th March – Mon 6th April (inclusive)

Email: geoff.tonkin4@bigpond.com or phone: 02 6366 8174   0427 677 226

Course 2/20 at the Moonan Workshop Tues 28th April – Thurs 7th May (inclusive)

Email: rarechairs@bigpond.com or Phone: 0408 964 078

Course 3/20 at the Moonan Workshop. Tues 11th August – Thurs 20th August (inclusive)

Email:  rarechairs@bigpond.com or phone 0408 964 078

Course 4/20 at the Molong workshop Sat 19th Sept Mon 28th Sept

Email: geoff.tonkin4@bigpond.com or phone 02 6366 8174   0427 677 226

WHAT’S ON?

Sydney Timber,Tools & Artisan Show 5/6/7 June 2020 Rosehill Racecourse  www.timberandworkingwithwoodshow.com.au

Melbourne Timber,Tools & Artisan Show 14/15/216 August Melbourne Show ground  www.timberandworkingwithwoodshow.com.au

Illawarra Festival of Wood 10/11 October Princes Hwy Bulli NSW www.illawarrafestivalofwood.com

CanberraTimber,Tools & Artisan 13/14/ November Exhibition Centre Mitchell www.timberandworkingwithwoodshow.com.au

Illawarra Festival of Wood

Despite torrential rain on the Friday night the organisers of the Illawarra Festival of Wood managed to put on a great show which attracted double the amount of visitors from the previous year. The main attraction is the huge marquee full of working artisans demonstrating their crafts and others providing …

Sydney Timber, Tools and Artisans Show in June 2019

As usual, we had our stand at the Sydney Timber, Tools and Artisans Show in June 2019. The new organisers , Phoenix Exhibitions, are doing a great job in giving the show which has been going for 30 years, a new look. As well as quality timber and tools, the …

Geoff Tonkin’s Tool Making Course

In February 2019 I decided to be a student for a change so I booked in for one of Geoff Tonkin’s tool making course at the new forge adjoining the Molong workshop. Ian Percival ran the course – a man who knows all things steel. It was a wonderful change …

Continuous Arm Windsor chair

I had recently appeared in a 3 page article in the Hunter Lifestyle Magazine so it came as quite a surprise when I got a phone call in late 2018 enquiring the cost of a continuous arm Windsor chair.

The client ordered 2 matching chairs as a wedding present for a grandchild.

I had fortunately come across a supply of European elm (Ulmus minor ‘Atinia’)

2016………Chairs,Wood & a Devonshire Bowlturner

…….Chairs

Well, for many reasons both good & bad, 2016 was quite a year (thanks for the songs Mr Bowie & Mr Cohen) but for us it was just busy. The courses at the Molong workshop were a great hit with students both old & new ( good to see you again John Templeton for the 4th year)- in fact the courses were so successful that most of the students immediately booked again for 2017.