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.

Terry will guide you to bring out the raw beauty of the wood and let its shape play a part in the design. He’ll help you identify readily available, naturally shaped materials and teach you the skills needed to construct a rustic bush chair, including a webbed seat.

You’ll learn basic bush furniture design, joinery techniques and the preparation of timber.

Learn 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.

  • Full days - Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Suitable for ages 16 to adult
  • Everyone
  • Nearly full

Course Info

The course will involve using all the skills needed in the construction of rustic furniture:

  • Identifying and acquiring suitable timber
  • Basic design elements
  • Basic joinery techniques
  • Preparation of timber
  • The use of specialised tools in rustic furniture making
  • Timber finishing techniques

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, they can make a smaller version suitable for a child or grandchild.

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

Day Two, Three & Four

Construction of the chair and demo of advanced manufacture using specialised tools.

Day Four & Five

Slatting of seats and finish treatments.

Basic knowledge of tools would be helpful but is not essential.

Please bring the following on your first day of class:

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

Your class has an extra cost of $50 – this cost includes:

  • All other materials to make your furniture

Please bring this payment on your first day of class.


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Terry Wilkins
Course Tutor

Terry Wilkins

Terry is a builder by trade and has an extensive background working with timber.

Terry has taught as part of the Bush Furniture course for many years, with 2023 his first year as a tutor.

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