Maleny wood expo
The Maleny Wood Expo is one of my favourite shows in SEQld. It is set amongst the hills of the picturesque township of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Until the 1920s it was mainly a timber town, before dairies and fruit orchards became the dominant industries. Currently the town is home to artists, craftspeople and musicians. It is alive with creativity and positive energy. The Wood Expo is the perfect opportunity for these creative souls to share their gifts with the public.
We did not get the opportunity to personally connect with every artist, but in telling you about our favourites we hope to give you an idea of the amazing talent that is out there.
Don Powell and Shari Louise Wright
This very talented team took our breath away. Don is a master woodcarver and local of Maleny. The minute details of his sculptures is astounding. What is even more astounding is that Don is an avid teacher of his craft and held a hand-held carving workshop during the expo that was opened for beginners to experienced carvers.
Shari is a world renowned jewellery designer. She works with natural elements like mammoth ivory and wood. I was so taken with her mermaid pendant and gorgeous wooden ring that I forgot to take a picture.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org (Don) / email@example.com (Shari)
Sandra works with wood, recycled timber and clay to create one of a kind pieces. Although she had intricate pieces like a Celtic harp on display, I was drawn to the simplicity of the bird brooch and the artistry of the leaf shape burl. Contact details: www.skodnikwoodcarving.com.au
Yeah people it is not all about wood – there are heaps of other artists showcasing their craft like Shawn Green from Red Sands Metal Art. Shawn has a big range of subject matter to choose from like the emblems of military forces, animals, country living, cars, bikes, tractors, trains, etc.
Contact details: www.RedSandsMetalArt.com
If you long for your own bush hut among the gumtrees, Neil from Timber Transitions is the guy that can turn this dream into a reality. The huts are constructed from Australian hardwood and comes in a variety of sizes.
Contact details: www.timbertransitions.com.au
Up in the main pavilion we met the lovely Guy Breay and his wife Jan. Guy is a wood carver who specialises in outback timber and his work is simply exquisite. However, the real highlight of the day is the humility and genuine kindness of spirit we encountered with all these artists. It was really such a blessing to be among such beautiful souls. I do encourage you to visit Guy’s website to become familiar with the extraordinary life he has led.
Contact details: www.thestiks.com.au
While enjoying lunch we had the pleasure of listening to Andy Copeman. His music fills you with peace and happiness. If you would like to listen to it and learn more about the work being done by Andy as a sound healer in conjunction with Laurel Hefferon, natural therapist, head over to www.awakeningcentre.com.au
This is just a very small sample of what was on offer. I would further like the mention the array of activities on offer for children – Sedway rides, a skate bowl, candle art, weaving workshops, woodworking workshops, etc. There is also a wide choice of food available like doughnuts, fish & chips, pizzas, hamburgers, ice cream, vegetarian cuisine, aromatic coffee and more. If you would like the visit next year’s expo, drop by their website (http://malenywoodexpo.com/) for more information.