What's on at the 2017 Maleny Wood Expo
Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May 2017
The idea is to offer a hands-on, experiential ‘village’, inspiring young people to work with their hands to enhance their appreciation of the natural world. The workshops and activities will offer opportunities for participants to develop practical, creative skills and learn about working with natural materials.
Kids of all ages can learn from experienced woodcrafters and use real tools to make a Mothers’ Day present, a Funky Gourd Bird and much more! They can try their hand at furniture making at the Cool Stool School, make toys or create bush critters. There’ll be face painting, jewellery making, weed weaving and a lot of hands-on, away-from-screens, creative fun. see here for more
2017 Maleny Wood Expo Workshops
South Pacific Carvers
Maleny Wood Expo in 2017 welcomed visitors from New Caledonia and from the Marquesas Islands. Sculptors Cecile Sakilia from Mont Dore (New Caledonia) and Tekohu Taupotini (Kohu) from the Marquesas Islands as part of the Sunshine Coast Sister Cities exchange program. more info here
2017 Wootha Prize Exhibition
The 2017 Wootha Prize theme is ‘Inside Out’. The exhibition is the end product of a prestigious competition that attracts entries from woodworkers and sculptors Australia wide. All entries must be created from sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers. more info here
The Speakers Program
Pick up a coffee and sit back and relax while you listen to talks on everything from Native Farm Forestry to Living with Turtles on the Sunshine Coast. It's all happening in the Maleny Music Tent in between Maleny's home-grown music. see program here
The Wood Workers
From the sophisticated to the sublime, from the radically rustic to the amorphously abstract, our woodworkers never cease to delight and amaze with their breadth of vision for our native and weed timbers. Whether you want furniture for inside or out, or a superbly crafted wooden gift, you’ll find it at the Expo. Seize the opportunity to discuss your ideas for ‘that special piece” - the feature in your home.
Watch the sawdust fly as the mobile millers recycle dead, windblown and nuisance trees into usable timber. Take home a slab and craft your own one-off coffee table from our beautiful native timbers. Red and White cedar, Camphor laurel, White beech, Rose gum, Black bean, Blue quandong - the list goes on ....
The Chainsaw Carvers
Watch the woodchips fly as the masters of the art of chainsawing reveal their visions from within a chunk of timber. Working with a range of chainsaws they carve from the massive to minute, the detail and skill will amaze you.
The ToolShed houses an increased number of toolmakers this year as well as a small selection of timber. The toolmakers showcase a selection of beautifully crafted tools including planes, chisels, saws, tools for marking out, waterstones for sharpening edge tools and more - tools for the woodworker with craftsmanship in mind that make woodworking even more of a pleasure. And outside there are treats for those inclined to bigger toys!
Think Globally Act Locally
From bats to birds to butterflies, from rivers to rainforests, from VCA’s to volunteering – these displays have a wealth of information for those who care. You too can help conserve Southeast Queensland's fabulous biodiversity. The Barung Nursery tent has a huge variety of local native plants to create a fauna friendly habitat no matter what size your backyard.
Tree Farming For The Planet
We must more and more use timber from privately-owned forests as our appreciation of old growth forests leads to cessation of logging. Private forests provide not only timber – they're an important farm asset and income stream. They repair and protect our land and provide biodiversity and habitat, shelter and support for agricultural and grazing enterprises, landscape aesthetics, bushfoods and much more. The Barung Nursery supplies quality tree stock for boutique and larger plantations.
Entertainment at the expo
There's entertainment for everyone. For the kids there's clean country fun at the hay bale maze. If you want to chill with a musical interlude, grab a drink and head for the Maleny Music tent to catch some of our amazing local talent.
Pull up a haybale and…
...chill with a burger at the Landcare BBQ ... lush into a Divine Donut ...or drop by one of the other many food venues - there’s something to satisfy every craving!