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Bush Furniture

Use native materials to make a bush chair – a piece that will be authentic, unique and hark back to the bush skills of the early colonial days.

Leon will guide you to bring out the raw beauty of the wood and let its shape play a part in the design. Leon will help you identify readily available, naturally shaped materials and teach you the skills needed in the construction of a rustic bush chair, including handwoven seat. You’ll learn basic bush furniture design, joinery techniques and the preparation of timber. You’ll be taught how to use specialised tools for rustic furniture making, basic weaving and timber finishing techniques. Take home your unique chair as a comfortable piece of furniture, and a conversation piece.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

A basic knowledge of tools would be helpful but not necessary.  During the course you will acquire the skills needed to produce all types of rustic furniture.

These include:

  • Identify and acquire suitable timber;   
  • Basic design elements;
  • Basic joinery techniques;
  • Preparation of timber;
  • The use of specialised tools in rustic furniture making;
  • Basic weaving;
  • Timber finishing techniques.

The project will involve using all the skills needed in the construction of rustic furniture and upon completion of the course participants will be able to design and build any piece they can imagine, limited only by the requirements of sound joinery techniques. For those with limited space in which to take the piece home a smaller version suitable for a child or grandchild can be made. 

Day 1 - Overview of rustic furniture making. Timber properties. Selection of timber and demo of construction techniques. Preparation of components.

Day 2,3,4 - Construction of the chair and demo of advanced manufacture using specialised tools.

Day 4,5 - Weaving of seats and finish treatments.




Leon Sinclair

Leon Sinclair

Leon Sinclair has an extensive background working with timber. His woodworking passion is now a key part of the ongoing success of the Bellingen Men’s Shed, a local haven for woodworkers. This is Leon's fifth year as a tutor at Camp Creative, and his course always fills very quickly.

Course Requirements

Bush Furniture materials list

All other materials will be provided for $70 which is payable to the tutor on the first day. 

Participants are asked to bring:

  • a 14 or 18V cordless drill, 
  • 16,18,20 and 25mm spade bits, 
  • an 8 or 12mm firmer chisel and 
  • sturdy comfortable footwear as they will be standing on concrete floors for 5 or 6 hours per day.

Please feel free to contact Leon on z3bhool@gmail.com if you have any questions


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