SUNDAY  6th May & MONDAY 7th May 2018
10am to 4.30pm both days

$185 per person - includes 3 day pass to Expo

  • Maximum number of participants 10
  • Minimum age 17 years
  • Wear comfortable work clothes and closed footwear
  • No woodworking experience necessary
  • All timbers used are recycled/reclaimed/salvaged material in accordance with Maleny Wood Expo guidelines

Venue: SES Pavilion

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Join master woodcarver, Don Powell for two days of individual hand-held carving tuition - your chance to work with a top carver who is widely acknowledged as an excellent teacher.

The beauty of hand-held carving is that it provides an excellent path for new carvers to start carving without the expense involved in larger carving which necessitates numerous full size chisels and other accessories such as workbenches, vices and of course, much larger pieces of timber.

Don will give one-on-one tuition and demonstration, while everyone will share in group tuition. He will demonstrate correct techniques for every stage of carving. He will also cover tool sharpening, design and timber selection, and answer any questions you may have on the various aspects of woodcarving.

Projects will be pre-prepared in good quality carving timber.

This workshops offers a great opportunity for individual attention from a master carver at a very reasonable price and caters for everyone from raw beginners to experienced carvers. 

Participants need a carvers’ knife, a carvers’ glove for safety to prevent nicks, plus a few palm tools. These items are not expensive.

Please contact Don directly at to discuss projects, any queries you may have about the course, and tools etc.

ABOUT DON:  Hand held carving caught Don's attention at the early age of 12 years.

Many carvers throughout the world actually specialise in hand held carving.

Don carves jewellery pieces and miniatures using hand held carving and this will be covered during the workshop.

Recently Don designed and carved a medieval chess set for clients who presented it to their relatives in England and is at present carving another different medieval chess set.

Don is often working on several projects simultaneously as well as writing feature articles for the Australian Wood Review.

He is known for his work on St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney – the sculpted figures of the winged lion, beast, eagle, the man and the lamb on the great Cathedral Chair. He also carved 40 miniature heads as part of this project. All carvings were done in Queensland maple.

Don was awarded equal first place in the inaugural Wootha Prize in 2004 with his carving "Pandora's Box" (pictured below left)