3 Sessions available:

SATURDAY 5 May 2018 - 9am to 4pm with breaks
SUNDAY 6 May 2018 - 9am to 4pm with breaks
MONDAY 7 May 2018 - 9am to 4pm with breaks

$150 per person (includes Expo day ticket) 

  • minimum age 14 years
  • maximum number of participants 4 per workshop
  • all materials and tools supplied.
  • some draw knives and Japanese saws will be available for students to purchase.
  • no woodworking experience necessary
  • wear comfortable work clothes and enclosed footwear
  • all workshop timbers are recycled/reclaimed/salvaged in accordance with Maleny Wood Expo guidelines

Venue: Maleny Wood Expo 2018

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Learn the art of constructing a milking stool using traditional mortise and tenon joints with the aid of simple hand tools:

  • the draw knife - for shaping and debarking,
  • the Japanese pull saw - uses a pull motion rather than the more common push motion for a finer straighter cut with less wastage
  • and more common hand tools such as hammers, mallets and chisels.

Leave equipped with traditional wood joining skills and the confidence to source and select your own materials – where you take it from there is limited only by your creative vision.

Richard will discuss the qualities to look for when salvaging roadside and other timbers, and teach you how to confidently recognize useful material versus useless.

Any queries contact Richard directly at richardknight@westnet.com.au

ABOUT RICHARD:  Even as a child, Maleny's Richard Knight loved the magic, the feel and the grain of old wood.

In the 1990s he owned a gallery in Victoria's Yarra Valley, selling works for local artists including Austrian-born Frank Wimmer, an inspirational pioneer in the art of rustic bush furniture. Richard loved the simplicity of Frank's furniture, constructed with mortise and tenon joints and utilizing recycled and salvaged timbers, especially waste timber from logging operations.

Richard said, "Frank's workshops attracted people from all over Australia. He told me he considered me his best student which was remarkable as I never attended one of his courses!"

Another strong influence was Jimmy Possum who lived and worked over a century ago in the shadows of the Great Western Tiers in northern Tasmania's Deloraine district. Jimmy made chairs known as ‘possums’ - since described as “one of the few truly innovative designs to come out of the bush.”

Legend has it that Jimmy Possum was an old recluse and chair maker. His ‘stick chairs’ were made from solid pieces of timber shaped with an adze, axe or spokes shave, and without nails.

A roughly trimmed split slab formed the seat with the four legs protruding through seat to support the armrests. These were held together with a wooden pegs or wedges.

"Jimmy's chairs were designed so that the more you sat on them the stronger they became." Richard added.

These influences helped form Richard’s current furniture ethic – simple design based on simple joinery using simple tools and utilising existing resources.

All of the timber for his furniture comes from his bush backyard, roadsides, the local tip and anywhere else there is readily available wood to be found.

These days Richard works in his bush studio outside of Maleny. With his natural affinity for wood and respect for honest design, he creates rustic bush furniture built to stand the test of time and showcase the natural beauty of timber.

His handcrafted furniture warms the soul as much as it pleases the eye and rests the body.

Richard also runs Rocking Chair workshops from his Maleny workshop based on the same construction principles of mortise and tenon joints.

For more information about the Rocking Chair Workshops contact Richard directly at richardknight@westnet.com.au

For more on Richard and his bush furniture visit richardknightwoodworks.com.au