SWG Life Memberships Awarded
SWG at the Illawarra Festival of Wood
13 & 14 October 2019 – The Sydney Woodcarving Group was excited to exhibit and demonstrate at the Illawarra Festival of Wood this year. The turn out and atmosphere at the Festival was fantastic. Several members demonstrated their whittling and traditional woodcarving skills, whereas others the fine art of pyrography.
There were plenty of activities to enjoy over the two days, including numerous wood related workshops, chainsaw carving demonstrations, as well as many woodworking products on display and/ or being demonstrated, with most being offered for sale.
Many SWG members sold various of their woodcarvings or pyrography items, and it must be stated, at very reasonable prices. Not to forget, the many packaged woodcarving project kits, containing a pre-cut Jelutong wooden blank and a prefabricated sanding stick, as handed out freely by SWG members to keen young members of the attending public.
Overall, it was a great event and we look forward to attending again next year.
SWG at the Trend Timbers Open Day
13 & 14 April 2018 – The Sydney Woodcarving Group enjoyed participating in the Trend Timbers Open Day at Mulgrave with demonstrations of woodcarvings and presented a good display of members workpieces. Members attending the Open Day included Ernie Perkins, Ro Mackie, Patrizia Cocchis, Helen Heaford and Kathryn Honor, David Drake and Peter Kruger.
Tour of Sydney Town Hall
20 March 2018 – Mark Tunstall of our Epping Group once again organised a memorable tour, this time it was a tour of Sydney Town Hall.
Sydney Town Hall was constructed of honey-coloured ‘yellow block’ sandstone quarried from nearby Pyrmont between 1868 and 1889. Much of the woodcarving in the building was found on the old original doors, architraves and window surrounds; generally these were all made of Australian Red Cedar.
The tour route included key areas of the building, including the Centennial Hall, Vestibule, Grand Organ, Council Chambers, Lady Mayoress’s Suite, Lord Mayor’s Reception Room and other interesting features, including the Grand Organ.
When it was installed in 1890, Sydney Town Hall’s Grand Organ was the largest in the world and described as the ‘finest organ ever built by an English organ builder’. Today, it continues to enthral organ lovers and audiences, as the Organ is used regularly throughout the year for recitals and concerts, as well as for free organ recitals (generally on Mondays at lunchtime), for dinners and conferences.
The Town Hall Tour was ended with an excellent Burger and Chips at the nearby Sir John Young Hotel. Needless to say, the tour was very much enjoyed by all participants!
Presentation at Shellharbour Public Hospital
23 February 2018 – The Sydney Woodcarving Group (Shellharbour Branch) donated $5000 to the Shellharbour Public Hospital, raised by the sale of a hand carved guitar and a pod of five large sized dolphins. The monies raised were used to purchase an Airvo Unit for Accident & Emergency, used to administer oxygen, in various ways, to patients for emergency use in the wards. The event was attended by the Manager and Staff from the Ladies Auxiliary Team and members from the Shellharbour branch of the Group.
Anzac Day Ceremony
21 April 2017 – The ceremony event was held at the premises of our Shellharbour group in conjunction with the Aboriginal Mens Group. It was followed by a sausage sizzle where our members were invited to join the Mens Group which was much appreciated.
Two rosemary bushes were planted to mark the event.
2nd Scottie Dog Whittling Workshop
8 April 2017 – We had a great turn-up at the Scottie Dog Whittling Workshop held at Chester Hill today, presented by Terry Elkins of our Shellharbour group. Starting at 10 am sharp, Terry did a marvelous job by showing us the very basics of whittling, not only what knife and wood to use, the ins and outs of necessary knife sharpening, safety gloves and thumb shields, but also how to do the various types of cuts.
The first exercise he gave us to perform was carving a cylinder out of pre-prepared square lengths of jelutong wood. Then we were asked to make a barbers spiral on the cylinder, not as easy as it sounds, if going by the seriousness of the participants is anything to go by! Then, finally, we got started on the pre-cut Scottie Dog blanks, also in jelutong.
By 2pm most had whittled the blank to a stage that the Scottie was starting to come out of the blank, but alas, it was pack up time. Dog to be completed as home work!
Tour of Church Carvings
After all of this, we enjoyed a delightful light lunch on the church lawn ‘en plain air’ before our saying our goodbyes.