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Come Along to Our Hand Tool Event & Open Day - 14 Cottage St, Blackburn!

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking will be conducting a Hand Tool and Open Day Event where Tom Fidgen and various other instructors will be demonstrating throughout the weekend of Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2016 - 10am to 4pm.

MGFW’s Open Day will feature demonstrations of traditional crafts such as steam bending, tool sharpening, dovetailing, carving by Ronnie Sexton, Perch Stool making and Shaker Oval Box making just to mention a few. There will also be an exhibition of MGFW student work.

Specialty timber which was hand picked by Alastair Boell, from the USA will be available to purchase.

Tools by Lie Nielsen, Chris Vesper, Terry Gordon (HNT Gordon)and Testuro Izumitani (Japanese Hand Tools) will be featured at the Hand Tool Event.

This is a free event, so make sure you mark it in your diary!!

Tom Fidgen Is Coming To Town!!

We are very pleased to announce that Tom Fidgen is coming to the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking in late March to teach at our workshop. For those who are unfamiliar with Tom Fidgen, I suggest you take a look at his website – http://www.theunpluggedwoodshop.com/.

Tom is one of Canada’s leading designer makers and teachers, who specialises in woodworking with hand tools only. He has contributed articles to Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Canadian Woodworking, Furniture & Cabinet Making and British Woodworking magazines. He is also the author of the acclaimed woodworking book, ‘Made by Hand’ (Published in 2009) and the follow up book, ‘The Unplugged Woodshop’ (Published in 2013).

It is a great honour to have Tom with us teaching 2 courses -

‘It Starts with a Box’

‘The Sawyer’s Bench’

View our other classes to find out more!!

We are very much looking forward to spending some quality ‘zen’ time with him!

Alastair and Jacqueline Boell.

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Class Schedule

Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2016 - 10am to 4pm

What you will learn
  • Tom Fidgen and various other instructors will be demonstrating throughout the weekend event.
  • View demonstrations of traditional crafts, including: steam bending, tool sharpening, dovetailing, and more!
What you will get
  • This is a free event, so make sure you mark it in your diary!!


The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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