The Fine Wood Work Association (WA) Inc. (FWWA) was founded at Karri Valley in Western Australia’s South West in 1987 following a meeting of craftspeople interested in establishing an association which would encompass all forms of fine woodwork rather than a single aspect eg. turning. Since 1992 the Association has been based in metropolitan Perth but has members in a number of rural and regional areas.

The Association is self-funding and obtains its operating income from membership fees and operating the “Out of the Woods” Competition and Exhibition at the annual WA Wood Show in co-operation with True Blue Exhibitions.

The Association welcomes as members all those who have a love of fine timber craftsmanship and the desire to create quality woodwork. This includes anyone who aspires to improve their skills, as well as those who are already expert crafts people.

Our members have interests in all aspects of woodwork including furniture, boxes, veneering, carving, turning and other work. Many of our members have interests covering more than one area of woodwork and the level of expertise ranges from professional to weekend amateur, from award winner to beginners, both men and women.

We conduct monthly practical meetings and demonstrations at various locations throughout the Perth metropolitan area and have recently established a storage facility at the Wandi community centre. Wandi is the location of a number of wood related interested groups and also has meeting, workshop and barbecue facilities.

The objects of the FWWA are:
  • To promote excellence in woodcraft by sharing skills and knowledge
  • To promote awareness of Western Australian timber craft excellence, most importantly through the “Out of the Woods” Competition and Exhibition each year
  • To act as an information database for members, professionals and the general public
  • To act as a lobby group for the interests of the Western Australian wood craft industry

Members participate in the WA Wood show on the FWWA information area plus presenting demonstrations. If you have a question please come along ask for help and advise.

Fine Woodwork Association WA-Demonstration Program

Turning a Lidded Embellished Box – at 10am everyday by Frank Evans

Emblished Lidded BoxFrank Evans, a well-known WA wood turner, will be making a small box. The during the demonstration, Frank will make a fitted lid for the box and will embellish it on the lathe  He will also finish and polish the box and lid to complete the process.





Creating Curves in Furniture Construction – at 11.30am everyday by Geoff Ryan

Curves in FurnitureGeoff Ryan will be presenting on “Creating Curved Components for Furniture”.  It will cover shaping from solid wood, steam bending and laminating. Since it isn’t feasible to transport all of the equipment needed for these processes, Geoff’s presentation will be a slide show explaining these techniques together with a few small pieces of furniture constructed using these techniques.





Veneering Techniques for Fine Furniture at 1.00pm everyday by Ian Houghton

VeneeringIan is a local amateur woodworker who has competed successfully in many Out Of The Woods competitions. His veneered pieces have been winners in the Furniture category in recent years. He will discuss, and demonstrate, his techniques for preparing veneers for laminating onto stable substrates as well as flattening and joining veneers, veneer clamping, edge treatments and finishing.




Setting Up & Using Hand Planes at 2.30pm everyday by David Howlett

Plane FettlingDavid Howlett from Perth Wood School will show you which planes to use and how to achieve exceptional results with planes. Hand planes are arguably the most important hand tools for woodworking yet so many people struggle to use them or fail to appreciate their importance. Whether you have already been using your planes or starting from scratch, David will give you the vital tips to plane like a pro. Less noise, no dust, just shavings.