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Friday 01 August - Sunday 03 August
WA Craft Show & WA Wood Show
Two great Western Australian events for the price of one!Come along to the WA Craft Show and WA Wood Show this August to discover what is new, fashionable and trending in each industry.
The WA Craft Show will include craft excellence and expertise in scrapbooking, patchwork, quilting, cardmaking, paper crafts, machine embroidery and much more.
The WA Wood Show features tools, machinery, exciting new products, displays, demonstrations, leading suppliers and tools for all the trades expo.
Venue: Claremont Showground, Exhibition Centre
|My space all set up early Friday morning and ready for the crowds.|
On the Friday of the Show each year, busloads of Design and Technology students from the high schools normally come in to visit the Show. Each year I have watched them get bored and then the young males start to strut around like young roosters, getting up to mischief at times. Last year, after one of these kids nailed my demo Kitchen Spatula to the bench, I resolved to offer something different. I am a youthworker by trade as well as a woodworker, so I already had a few ideas brewing. The plan would be to hook into all that testosterone and competetive spirit, and channel it into some positive woodworking activity.
After the Wood Show in 2013, I had gone to the "Woodworking in America" Conference in the USA (WIA). There I saw the "Hand Tool Olympics" in action, run by the Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking. I was impressed, and saw in action the very ideas I had been contemplating for our Wood Show Friday.
|The Hand Tool Olympics at WIA2013, USA.|
- Cross-cut a board with a hand saw.
- Rip along a board with a ripping hand saw.
- Shoot that ripped edge straight and square, using a plane.
- Make a tenon to fit an pre-existing mortice.
- Hand cut a dovetail joint.
- Bore a perpendicular hole with an auger and a shell bit.
|A tenon under construction at WIA 2013. The clock is ticking!|
|Ripping a board at WIA2013.|
- Cross-cut sawing across a 19mm pine board, 250mm wide.
- Rip-sawing along a line the length of a 19mm pine board, 900mm long.
- Shooting that ripped 900mm edge, to square and straight, using a No7 trying plane.
|A participant and his companions check progress with a straight edge during the edge planing challenge at .|
Thanks to Phil for the great photo.
The verdict? The trial run on the Hand Tool Olympics for the Friday at the Perth Wood Show was very successful, and has the potential to become a real feature of the Show. It is scary how generally poor the hand skills were across the bulk of the students. Hopefully developing the Hand Tool Olympics in future years will help to raise the profile and the teaching of hand tool skills in high schools in future. This would be my aim in pushing this whole concept further.
Saturday and Sunday - woodworking with kids.
Since the WA Craft Show has been operating in the adjacent pavillion, there have been a heck of a lot of kids around across the twin events. What better opportunity to give kids a chance to have a go at woodworking!
|Parents and kids creating stuff together.|
|So many possiblities!|
Yep, we love to share the joy around...
|Shooting an edge, Hand Tool Olympics on the Friday. |
Another great photo by Phil.