Sunshine Coast Council - Maleny Wood Expo sponsors

Barung Landcare is very happy to announce Sunshine Coast Council's three-year sponsorship of the Maleny Wood Expo. We're looking forward to a partnership which should see Barung, Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast working together to sustainably grow the Expo and promote the natural attractions of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Official Destination Partner


Wootha Prize attracts extra support in 2017

Welcome and thank you to Geochempet, who have generously offered $250 for the Design Excellence, Craftsmanship and Environment Awards in 2017.

Geochempet joins HQPlantations, Queensland Water And Land Carers and Timber Transitions as a major sponsor of the unique Wootha Prize.

Steve Hann's inaugural Environment Award winning entry, "Branch Out"

Steve Hann's inaugural Environment Award winning entry, "Branch Out"

The Environment Award was given for the first time in 2016 to Stephen Hann for "Branch Out" - a hollow form Paulownia surfboard with shou sugi ban dan (Japanese burnt timber technique) detailing and Red cedar internal bracing.

As Stephen pointed out, surfing is often thought of as a 'green' sport but this belies the toxic nature of modern-day boards. Stephen felt he was making a small difference with his entry, by working "against the grain" of modern-day surfboard manufacture, reflecting a new trend emerging within the surf community as environmental awareness increases.

The Wootha Prize generates enormous interest, allowing woodworkers, many of who are not in a position to exhibit at the Maleny Wood Expo, the opportunity to showcase their work to the thousands of visitors who visit each year. 

The Wootha Prize is open to all woodworkers, both professionals and non-professionals, and the theme for 2017 is "Inside Out".


This year's WoodShed Workshop Program is now online and open for bookings.

With everything from spoon carving to steam bending there are hands-on opportunities for everyone to join in the fun. Even kids can join in at the Cool Stool School or Carbatec's Kids Space, and non-woodworkers at the Weaving with Garden Waste Plants.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner and want to get your hands in the sawdust or an experienced woodworker looking to extend your knowledge there’s a workshop for you.

The Maleny Wood Expo is fast approaching so mark the dates in your diaries now.  To celebrate 20 years of this iconic timber event, the Expo has been expanded to run over three days from Saturday 30 April to 2 May in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

To see details about individual workshops go to What's On and follow the links.


Great news - we have not one but two winners of the t-shirt competition!

Congratulations and thanks to Brad Wenham from the Sunshine Coast and Peter and Jeanette Young from Brisbane for your innovative designs, and to everyone else who sent in designs.

Entries were even received from NSW and Victoria – an indication of just how far the word spread.

So we will have two Maleny Wood Expo t-shirts for sale soon – you’ll be able to get them online through the Expo website or Facebook page – we’ll let you know.

And of course you can pick one up when you visit the Expo on the Queensland Labour Day weekend in May – April 30 to 2 May.


2016 is the Maleny Wood Expo's 20th anniversary and to celebrate, Barung Landcare is offering a $500 cash prize to the winner of the Maleny Wood Expo t-shirt design competition.

The winning design will feature on the official 2016 Maleny Wood Expo t-shirts.

We're looking for a design that is contemporary, original and cool - a reflection of the great Wood Expo spirit! 

So get creative and submit your entry by February 24th 2016. 

Competition entry is free. 

More information and Guidelines here

2016 Wootha Prize Deadline Looms


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The deadline for 2016 Wootha Prize entries is fast approaching with applications due on February 5th.

The Wootha Prize, Australia’s only themed woodworking competition, is open to both professionals and hobbyist woodworkers.

It has been the feature exhibition at the annual Maleny Wood Expo for the past nine years and is growing in both reputation and quality of entries with over $4,500 prize money up for grabs.

The 2016 theme is “Against the Grain”. All entries must be in sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers in keeping with the Maleny Wood Expo Sustainable Timber Policy.

Application Forms and Guidelines are available here.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your work to the thousands of Wood Expo visitors who flock to the Maleny Showgrounds.

Cool Stool School

Where kids get to make a stool to take home using traditional tools and techniques


After the lineups for this event last year, Cooroy based furniture designer/maker Scott P Jones is being joined this year by his mate and long time professional woodworker Richard Vaughan.

Give your kids a chance to have hands on experience of woodworking with skilled supervision, using real tools from real workshops, and then go home with a truly useful result to be proud of.

These workshops are open to children seven years & over. They will be guided in a class of 6 to make and personalise an ever so useful stool. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and watch.

Places are limited and last year was rather busy so please book to avoid disappointment, as there will only be three classes each day.

These workshops are free but any contributions toward Scott and Richard’s time and materials would be greatly appreciated.

Daily class times as follows: - 9:30am to 11am - 11:30am to 1pm - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Make your own Electric Diddleybow

Local blues duo and cigar box guitar makers Eb'n'Flo will share their passion of making and playing Diddleybows at the Maleny Wood Expo. Eb ‘n’ Flo (aka Fleur Shelton and Paul Thorley) will take you on a musical journey through the blues, teaching students young and old, to build a Diddleybow from recycled materials and found objects.

The Diddleybow is a single-stringed American instrument with its origins in West Africa. It is fundamental to the BLUES, is played with a slide and is the Grandfather of what we know as the Slide-Guitar and Lap Steel.

Described by the King of Cigar Box Guitars in America Shane Speal, as being responsible for the movement in Australia, Paul has been building these kinds of instruments for over a decade and his slide guitars can now be found in many parts of the world.

This one-day hands-on workshop offers participants a chance to create their own single stringed traditional roots instrument. PLUS all participants are invited to a follow up lesson and jam session with Eb’n’Flo on the following Sunday, 3rd May.

Learn how to make your music come to life on your own unique, handmade instrument. Knowledge gained and information received will allow participants to further create any electric multi stringed instrument their hearts desire, utilizing pieces of wood, axe and shovel handles, hub caps, old biscuit tins, belt buckles and sardine cans just some examples of the obscure items that can be used.

This workshop is perfect for people who wish to learn basic slide guitar techniques and is great for musicians of all ages and skill levels. However, children under 15 will need an adult present.

For more information or for bookings click the button below.

Here's a clip from YouTube of Eb'n'Flo performing their Cigar Box Blues. Visitors can come and enjoy their unique easy listening take on the blues at the Maleny Wood Expo.


Construct a Milking Stool with Richard Knight

Local Wood Artist, Richard Knight will share the innovative technique of mortise and tenon at the Wood Expo.

Local Wood Artist, Richard Knight will share the innovative technique of mortise and tenon at the Wood Expo.

Learn the art of constructing a traditional mortise and tenon joint using simple hand tools in this one day workshop.

Take home your newly honed woodworking skills, the confidence to source and select your own salvaged roadside and other timbers and your very own rustic work of art!

Richard has a natural affinity for wood and his ethic - simple design based on simple joinery using simple tools and utilizing existing resources. He works mostly with salvaged timber, creating rustic bush furniture that is built to stand the test of time and showcase the natural beauty of timber.

Richard is inspired by a pioneer in the art of rustic bush furniture, Austrian born Frank Wimmer. He was impressed by the clever design of Frank's furniture, constructed with mortise and tenon joints and utilizing recycled and salvaged timbers, mostly from logging operations.

He is also influenced by Jimmy Possum who lived in northern Tasmania over a century ago.  Jimmy made chairs know as ‘possums’ that have been described as one of the few truly innovative designs to come out of the bush.

For more information or for bookings click the button below.

Weaving with Weeds Workshop

Learn how to weave a basket, entirely from Cat's Claw Weed vines at the Maleny Wood Expo, 2-3 May.

Take home your own bespoke woven basket, one that tells the unique story about how we can transform South East Queensland’s environmental Cat’s claw problem into a beneficial solution.

Kris Martin, a local practising sculptor and installation artist, will facilitate the two hour ‘Weaving with Weeds’ workshops at the Maleny Wood Expo, teaching a number of weaving and material preparation techniques using natural plant fibres.

Cat's claw creeper is an aggressive climber, native to tropical America that was introduced as an ornamental in older-style Queensland gardens.

Due to its aggressive climbing capabilities, it completely smothers native vegetation, even growing up over trees. Many bushland and riparian areas already have serious infestations of this weed.

Kris plans to source the Cat’s claw vine for the Maleny Wood Expo workshops from the Upper Mary River Catchment, where Cat’s Claw is becoming a serious environmental problem.

He has considerable experience hosting artist-led workshops with children and adults of all ages, having facilitated many festival art installations, workshops and community art activities.

For more information on the Weaving with Weeds Workshop click below to learn more or for bookings. Visit for more information on a host of other workshops and attractions.

Woodworking Competition with a Conscience

The Wootha Prize is an innovative woodworking competition that highlights the inherent beauty of Australia’s native timbers and the sustainable use of our timber resources. Held in conjunction with the Maleny Wood Expo, a major event on the woodworking calendar each year, the competition challenges artists to create masterpieces from ethical timber sources.

The theme for 2015 is ‘planting the seed’ and is open to artistic interpretation. Entries may be contemporary to traditional in design.

The Maleny Wood Expo, hosted by Barung Landcare, celebrates the region’s ongoing timber heritage and will be held on 2nd and 3rd May 2015 in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Recognised as one of Australia’s premier woodworking competitions the Wootha Prize boasts over $4,000 in prize money.

The application deadline is Friday 13th February 2015 and successful applications will be notified in early March.

Application Forms and Guidelines