Netsuke, marquetry, boxmaking and more

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A new year means new things to learn. In this series of articles AWR is featuring some of the great courses on offer in 2020.

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking (MGFW) is a woodworking educational facility located in Blackburn, Victoria which dedicates itself to teaching traditional skills. Headed by Alistair and Jacqueline Boell the school is staffed by top woodworkers and in addition runs several special interest instructors throughout the year.


Amongst their special courses are an eight day course by Matt Kenney, former Fine Woodworking magazine editor and author of 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks. Over the eight days students will make The Tea Cabinet (as shown above) followed by two days learning to make Box No. 48. This course is planned forOctober/November.

Cabinet, Peter Young

Wood Review regular contributor Peter Young teaches at Sturt School for Wood and gives workshops on special techniques at other times. In March he will teach two two-day courses, the first in marquetry, the second in parquetry. Booking very soon for this one is advisable! See a Wood Review video of Peter at work.


An exciting opportunity awaits those who love the art of netsuke to study with world renowned and Melbourne based artist Susan Wraight. See an article on Susan here. Susan will teach a five-day course in the second half of 2020.

For more information and booking contact the school via



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