Box and beyond: Kelly Parker short courses

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Next year woodworkers have an opportunity to attend two workshops with Kelly Parker, the maker who features on the cover of the September issue of Australian Wood Review.

Kelly will teach two workshops at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand in March 2020. One of these will focus on developing designs for vessels while the other looks specifically at surface embellishment techniques. Both courses are applicable for furniture makers looking to extend their design language and creative repertoire.

The 2020 dates for Kelly Parker's Vessel Design – Beyond Your Basic Box are March 9, 10 and 11, with Embellishment Techniques following on from March 12 to 13.

Prior to and during Kelly's workshops Canadian designer maker Michael Fortune takes up an artist residency at the school during which opportunities to participate in his open studio program still exist. Michael will also teach a two-week apprenticeship course in March.


In the current issue of Australian Wood Review magazine Kelly writes an 8-page feature on making her Triptych boxes (shown below). These curve-sided boxes were made with a variety of jigs that enable accuracy and safety when machining small parts. The boxes also feature gilding and pyrography.



You can see an earler article by Kelly Parker written for Australian Wood Review at this link

Learn more about the Centre for Fine Woodworking at


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