It might be the age of technology, but there’s still room for traditional skills.

And you’ll find plenty of that at the Woodworking Show.

Bernard Thompson reports.


From enthusiasts to students wanting to branch out from Maths and English, every man and his dog have come out of the woodwork for the show.

Didgeridoos and the Rolling Stones are on display, as well as the history of woodworking from old tools and lathes to modern saws.

Chase Pratten, Student: “I probably prefer the modern method because it’s quicker, this one’s a bit slower but it’s fun.”

In an age of machines there is still a need for traditional hand-driven skills, today illustrates that truth more than ever.

Keen woodworkers want to return to what’s called green woodworking to create something unique from something simple.

Greg Miller, Green woodworker: “It’s better for the soul, there’s something beautiful about starting with a piece of wood and crafting a piece of furniture or a functional item out of it, and it’s lovely like that.”

Followers of the movement are worried woodworking skills are fading and tradesmen are relying too much on machinery.

Greg Miller, Greenwood worker: “I’m very much a promoter of hand tool skills because they are fundamental woodworking skills, it’s sad that we don’t teach that very often.”

And they are doing their best to make sure the young are keen to learn.

The woodworking show ends this Sunday.

Bernard Thompson, QUT News.