the Bribie and District Woodcrafters Association (The Woodies)

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

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Tags: Local clubs and groups. Woodcrafters. Bribie Island. Moreton Bay. Brisbane

Throughout the ages, humans have crafted many items from timber, not as much in modern times as they did prior to the introduction of products such as plastic and other man-made materials, but still there are some for whom the desire to create beautiful wooden items will never fade and the almost two hundred members of the Bribie and District Woodcrafters Association (The Woodies) can definitely be regarded as belonging to that group.

Founded in the 1990’s, The Woodies is based at the rear of the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre complex and over the years, dedicated woodcrafters have produced a countless number of items for both their own use and for other organisations. As a means of demonstrating the level of skill that can be found amongst members, the association hosts an annual exhibition to showcase their work and this year, the event, entitled “Art from the Woodpile” will be held from 20th until 28th October in the Mathew Flinders Gallery at the Arts Centre.

As it is also a competition, “Art from the Woodpile” will feature the works that have been lovingly created by members and will fall into several categories which include carving, wood turning, pyrography and furniture making and judging of the entries will be by independent judges who are regarded as experts in their individual fields. Woodcrafters Association President Ian Trail told me that more than one thousand visitors enjoyed the exhibition in 2017 and he expects, even more, this time around. ‘We send out invitations to other woodworking clubs in the South-East Queensland area and we get visitors from everywhere,’ said Ian.

‘Some people regard exhibitions like this as somewhere to pick up an early Christmas present and, as well as some of the exhibited items being for sale, there will be a sales table stocked with other pieces,’ he added. “Art from the Woodpile” will be available for viewing daily from 9 am until 4 pm and anyone who takes the time to check out the items on display will have the opportunity to go in the draw for the lucky door prize which is an expertly crafted box. Having seen many examples of what The Woodies produce, I don’t think that anyone who visits the exhibition will leave disappointed.

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