Inside Out

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The theme for the 10th annual Wootha Prize woodworking competition in 2017 is “Inside Out”.

This theme is open to artistic interpretation and entries may be contemporary to traditional in design, and may be functional or sculptural.

Don Powell Wood Spirit

Above: Last year's First Prize Winner: Donald Powell, Wood Spirit

The Wootha Prize is one of Australia’s best known woodworking competition and with $5,500 in prize money, continues to grow both in reputation and quality.

The Wootha Prize will form the feature exhibition at the 2017 Maleny Wood Expo from 29th April to 1 May at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

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Jack Wilm's Tree of Life in red cedar won Second Prize.

In keeping with the Maleny Wood Expo’s Sustainable Timber Policy all entries must be made from sustainably harvested native timbers, or weed or recycled timbers.

Raf Nathan, Neo

Neo coffee table in recycled silky oak by Raf Nathan won Third Prize in last year's Wootha Prize competition.

Barung Landcare, organisers of the Expo and Wootha Prize have recently announced that Geochempet will join their list of  sponsors in 2017, offering $250 for the Design Excellence, Craftsmanship and Environment Awards.

Geochempet joins HQPlantations, Queensland Water And Land Carers and Timber Transitions as a major sponsor of the unique Wootha Prize.

Stephen Hann, Branch Out












The Environment Award was given for the first time in 2016 to Stephen Hann for Branch Out (shown above) - a hollow form Paulownia surfboard with shou sugi ban dan (Japanese burnt timber technique) detailing and red cedar internal bracing.

As Stephen pointed out, surfing is often thought of as a 'green' sport but this belies the toxic nature of modern-day boards. Stephen felt he was making a small difference with his ntry, by working "against the grain" of modern-day surfboard manufacture, reflecting a new trend emerging within the surf community as environmental awareness increases.

Application Forms and Guidelines are available now at

David Harriman, Noise & Sawdust

Noise & Sawdust won Wootha Prize 2016 Craftsmanship Award.

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