Stick Furniture Workshops

All your visitors will be talking about the chair or stool you created at one of Cobb+Co Museum’s stick furniture workshops.

These workshops will introduce you to suitable timbers for basic chair and stool making; the tools and techniques to work the materials; and options for design of your own pieces. 

Making rustic furniture from branches and sticks is an old practice, usually associated with making do, and the simple life. Pioneer families in US, Australia and many other places, made their furniture from whatever materials were at hand. This was often the smaller limbs from felled trees when clearing land. The Jimmy Possum chair is probably Australia’s best known example of early furniture making in this style.

It is also a very creative and practical why to utilise larger garden cuttings as well as pest varieties such as camphor laurel and privet.

Meet your tutor

Our stick furniture workshops are conducted by local artisan Andrew MacDonald.

Andrew worked as a furniture maker before studying sculpture and his art practice combines the practical knowledge and skills of a tradesman with originality and creative design.

Many of the tools Andrew uses are traditional ones, rarely seen in modern workshops. He has even forged and made some of them himself.

“The connection of the artisan to the material through hand tools is one the most essential and satisfying aspects of craft.”

Andrew enjoys using found objects and recycled materials, including branches and sticks. Each piece is selected for what it has to offer and every finished product is a one-off functional sculptures. 

He has exhibited his pieces in galleries throughout the world including the United States, the Middle East and Asia and are included in collections world-wide including New Zealand, Denmark and England.

How do I book?

It easy! Choose the date that suits you best and then give us a call on +61 (0) 7 4659 4900. Please see our Terms and Conditions (922 KB) pdf document icon.

Choose your workshop

Stick Furniture Workshop

Cost: $305

Saturday 16 + Sunday 17 May 2015 (not 25+26 April as previously advertised)
Saturday 5 + Sunday 6 September 2015

- NEW - Stick Man One Day Workshop

Cost: $205

Saturday 14 March 2015

Spectators are welcome at all workshops.

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To register your interest or for further information call us on +61 (0) 7 4659 4900 or contact us using our online form.