About the Workshop

In this short workshop (90 minutes), we will look at how to interpret the potential usefulness of the wood in a log before using an axe and froe to rive (split with the grain) the log into appropriate billets. We will then use a side hatchet and drawknife to refine this billet into a long octagonal shape in preparation for turning on the pole lathe.

In traditional woodworking, the creation of a round object like a stool leg, or the masts and spars on a tall ship, begins by creating a square and then working it into an octagon. Participants will have access to their own hatchet, drawknife, chopping block and shave-horse to create an octagonal billet from a log. This billet can be kept as a reminder of the traditional process or brought along to the turning workshop to be turned into a round.

You will also learn the names and uses of the preindustrial tools that formed the foundation of most woodwork and have a chance to put them to use.

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About Wisdom Through Wood

At Wisdom Through Wood we have a passion for keeping the tools and skills of pre-industrial woodworking alive, and have shared this passion through our courses and demonstrations at shows and festivals since 2012. We offer one to two woodworking courses each month, ranging from one to nine days long.

Working with green wood, we create beautiful utilitarian objects such as spoons and bowls, stools, chairs and sometimes small buildings. We also coach people through individual woodworking projects in our workshop or at their place, and undertake commissions as well as facilitating team building and professional development programs.

The AWBF has always been a highlight on our calendar and this year we are happy to have the chance to offer some short workshops as well as demonstrating our craft.

Ticketing Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-refundable except in the case that the event has been cancelled by the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. By purchasing a ticket you agree to all ticketing terms and conditions found here.