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6 September, 2017

Arbour month is here

Arbour month is here
The George Working with Wood Show (22 - 25 September) has something for everyone. The hourly woodworking demonstrations are free to all Show participants.


Arbour month is officially underway and it is only fitting that the 2017 Working with Wood Show is to be held within this month, only a few short weeks away.

The picturesque Nelson Mandela University George will be a hive of activity over the weekend 22 - 25 September when the Working with Wood Show opens to timber enthusiasts of all ages with demonstrations on the hour every hour, food stalls, trade exhibitions, displays, and lectures to delight any wood-lover.

Richard Müller, Wood Technology Programme Co-ordinator of the School of Natural Resource Management at Nelson Mandela University has made himself available to take mountain-biking enthusiasts out to explore the mountain bike trails in the vicinity of the Campus throughout the show. "We (the local Hillbillies Mountain Bike Club and the Nelson Mandela University) developed many trails and we love to share these with anyone," says Müller.  Those who prefer hiking will be able to enjoy 6, 8 or 12km circular routes in the indigenous forest surrounding the Campus under the guidance of expert personnel from the University who are knowledgeable about the ecosystems. Those who would prefer to simply go for a stroll will also be accommodated.

All Working with Wood Show demonstrations are free of charge to show visitors. Woodworking experts will demonstrate how to use specialist woodworking tools to create and finish a wooden item from scratch. This year the demonstrations will include clamping, routing, caring for timber and nailing. Festool and Kreg will also have some of their cutting-edge products on show. It is important to note that special show prices will be available throughout the festival.

The Association of Woodturners of South Africa (AWSA) Symposium, with the theme, Recovering from Failure, runs concurrently with the Working with Wood Show and features demonstrations by top international wood turners, including American Al Stirt whose career spans more than 40 years. "I consider myself a ‘bowl maker' more than a wood turner because, although the turning process fascinates me, it is the resulting bowl that commands my interest. From the earliest times bowls have had meanings for people beyond the purely utilitarian. The bowl as vessel has a resonance deep within the human psyche. I use patterns, whether created by grain structure or organic fluting and carving or repeated geometric shapes, to develop harmony in each of my pieces. I find myself always looking for a new means of expression within the turned form," says Stirt.

The George Woodworking Association is another collaborator, with members sharing their lifelong passion for creating with this living medium. Members will be crafting owl and dog boxes, walking sticks and puzzles on site. All these will be available to the public.

To learn more about the Working with Wood Show and Woodturners Symposiums please visit and

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