Natural History Sketch Journey

Natural History Sketch Journey

Keeping a Natural History Sketch Journey to carry in the field – Workshop.
Saturday 18th of March, from 1pm till 3pm.

Reconnect with nature through sketching and writing with these simple methods for capturing the living beauty of each season. Be guided by local artist Robyn Graham to create a practical record of your nature travels and local area. Beginners to drawing welcome.

Presenter :Robyn Graham

Venue: Forest Heart Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny

Cost: $30/person  – includes afternoon tea

Participants need to bring: A5 spiral bound sketch journal, graphite pencils (2H, HB, 2B), soft white eraser

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Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden

Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden

Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden – Workshop.
Saturday 4th of March, from 10am till 12pm.

Discover ways to increase the backyard biodiversity of your property with local native plant specialist Spencer Shaw. Explore the benefits of sharing space with wildlife.

Presenter :Spencer Shaw

Venue: Forest Heart Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny

Cost: $15/person  – includes afternoon tea

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Life in a Pouch Presentation

Life in a Pouch Presentation

Life in a Pouch Presentation.
Saturday 25th of February, from 10am.

Early life of Australian Marsupials and Echidna.

This unusual little creature on the left is a newborn Tasmanian Devil. Like all marsupials the newborn young has only sufficient development of the body and internal organs to allow crawling to the mother’s pouch, attaching to a teat and to suckle milk. All subsequent life in a pouch ensures warmth, protection, transport and nourishment. The Echidna is an extraordinary animal and the journey from egg to pouch is fascinating.Join us as Les shares his amazing knowledge of these unique animals

Presenter : Dr. Les Hall

Venue: Forest Heart Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny

Cost: $15/person  – includes morning tea

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Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild Inc

Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild Inc

Exhibitions: There are a number of exhibitions through the year providing opportunities to display and sell your work. Periodic competitions provide the opportunity to have your work assessed against the work of others – a great way to learn and improve your skills.

Training Workshops:  Training sessions for members are held regularly during the year in all aspects of woodworking.

The Goals for the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild Incorporated is to:

  • To foster and promote an active interest in all matters relating to the history, development and artistic expertise of working in wood with interested citizens on the Blackall Range.
  • To raise funds for club activities and for the improvement of the Guild.
  • To raise funds for suitable charitable organisations, research, and community projects, which will further the standing of the Guild in the community.

Benefits of Membership

  • Use of a large range of woodworking machinery.
  • Easy Access to timber for personal projects.
  • Friendly tuition with personal projects.
  • Regular opportunities to display and sell your work.
  • Friendship of a group of likeminded people
  • Participation in social functions.

Shed Phone:  0409 050 418

Email Address:

Shed Location: Montville Sports Ground approximately 3 km south of Montville on the Montville-Maleny Road.

Shed Opening Times:  Shed hours are 8 am to 12 noon. Members are encouraged to pursue their interests according to the following schedule:

  • Mondays — General Activities
  • Tuesdays — Carving & Turning
  • Wednesdays — Toy Making & General Activities
  • Thursdays — Furniture & Joinery
  • Fridays — Turning & General Activities
  • Saturdays — Demonstrations & General


  • Daily Meeting Fee $2.00
  • Annual Membership Fee $40.00
  • Annual Membership Fee for Couple $45.00
  • Joining Fee $25.00
  • Name Badge $13.00

Timber Sales:  An up to date timber price list is on the notice board and members are reminded that:

  • Slabs and other timber may be cut cross grain providing the remaining offcut is not less than 1200mm. A $3.00 premium is payable.
  • Timber sales to non members carry a 20% surcharge.
  • Members are to ensure that all timbers taken from the shed are paid for on the day. Otherwise timber may be left in the shed with a member’s name clearly marked to reserve it for one week.

The Procedure for Buying Timber:

  • Do not cut the timber first.
  • Select the timber you want to purchase and contact one of the members authorised to calculate costing from the list below.
  • The costing member will dohe measuring in your presence and quote a price that allows for any defects.
  • Members authorised to measure and price timber are: Shed Managers, Shed Captains and Activity Officers.

Guild History: The idea for a guild grew from just some hazy dreaming in a shed between a few old Range ‘woodies’ who felt the need for a club to serve the whole of the Blackall Range. Development on the range and adjacent areas due to the recreational and retirement plans of many people was increasing, and the search for fulfilling hobbies, perhaps with some income generation, and the chance for constructive community involvement was growing.

The decision was made to have a go and the club had its first meeting in St.Mary’s Hall on the Village Green at Montville on 4th March 1996. The Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild Inc was formally incorporated on 30th April 1996.

In 2002, after six years in a shed on Western Avenue, and following the receipt of a Jupiter’s Casino Grant, we moved to a more permanent base at the Montville Sports Ground, about 3km south of Montville.

With good local support, the club has rapidly grown into a thriving purposeful group over 150 strong, including a good number of ladies. It now has a complete range of equipment, including a solar drying kiln and a large stock and range of timber supplies. In our new premises we envisage young people, retirees, people in care centres and similar being able to take advantage of the benefits which a permanent and purpose-built building can provide.

Local Geology Workshop

Local Geology Workshop

Venue: Forest Heart Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny.

Date & Time: Friday 30th of September, from 12pm till 3pm.

Cost: $25/person  – includes morning tea.

Presenter : Warwick Willmott.

Contact Karen at  for more information or for booking.

The Sunshine Coast has had a complex and often violet geological history, spanning more than 300 million years.  “Even in the last 800, 000 years, sea levels have fluctuated dramatically, resulting in major changes to the shoreline and coastal scenery. Those ancient events have determined the present rock formations, minerals, soils, topography, vegetation, and even our present use of land in the district”. (Rocks and Landscapes of the Sunshine Coast, Warwick Willmott).

Join us as Warwick shares his extensive geological knowledge of this amazing region and what lies under our feet.


Warwick’s books will be available to purchase on the day.

About the presenter:  Warwick  is a geologist who worked with the Geological Survey of Queensland in a variety of fields. He likes to being geology to the public, and has written Rocks and Landscapes guidebooks, given talks and guided public excursions.


Maleny Wood Expo 2016

Maleny Wood Expo 2016 celebrates
20 years and has expanded to 3 days.

This year it is on Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May at the Maleny Showgrounds.  For more information checkout the  Maleny Wood Expo website

Maleny Wood Expo 2016

Started in 1996, the Expo was the brainchild of Queensland forester and passionate Landcare supporter, Ashley Sewell.  Designed to promote sustainable use of our beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans the Expo is now recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia.

We invite you to join us for three days of clean country family fun at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds.  View the amazing range of lovingly crafted timber products, and meet and talk to the craftsmen and women who’ve created them. With work by furniture-makers and toy-makers, musical instrument-makers and box-makers, whittlers, carvers and everything in-between, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

Glimpse the skills of the timber cutters who ‘opened up’ the region, and catch up with the very best in both hand-crafted traditional and high tech tools. Smell the distinctive spicy aroma of newly milled timber and watch live demos of chainsaws, woodworking, trade tools and more. There’s hands-on woodwork for the whole family with WoodShed WorkshopsWoodwork for Women  and a creative space for kids to taste the delights of getting their hands in the sawdust and taking home their own masterpiece.

There are native plants and local Maleny produce to purchase, natural resource management displays and much much more.
Pull up a hay bale, enjoy great food and fabulous local music and have a great day!
All wood artisans and exhibitors are required to work in sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers.

Forest Heart Official Launch Today!

Forest Heart Official Launch!


Today 27th and tomorrow 28th of November, starting from 9am today and 8am tomorrow. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet the team at Forest Heart and check out some of their great products!

Come along and enjoy this FREE event!

There will be a great variety of FREE workshops running on both days (27th and 28th Nov) catering to all ages, plus a range of exquisite bush food treats and a wonderful combined knowledge of our beautiful local natives plants!

Here is a list of just some of the workshops available today and tomorrow:
*Kids eco-activities
*“Wildlife Friendly Backyards” talk
*Weaving Circle
*Geckoes Wildlife animal show
*“Tips and Tricks for Revegetation” talk

Please follow the link provided below to see the events official brochure –


For more information about Forest Heart and its owners, Spencer and Karen Shaw, follow the link to their websites at Forest Heart or Brush Turkey Enterprises.

Contact Details:
20 Coral Street, Maleny *
07 5435 2193 *
Tuesday to Friday – 9am till 4pm *
Saturday—8am till 1pm * *

Fried Mudd Pottery Workshop


More than just Pottery Workshops…

In many ways, Kathy from Fried Mudd Pottery Workshops offers people a safe place to express themselves, and permission to let the child within play and have a bit of fun.

Participant’s leave feeling thrilled, excited and exhilarated at their creations – made with their own hands and with creativity sparked from within themselves. They often go away able to tell a new story about themselves; “Actually, I can be creative.”

Cathy’s style and approach to familiarising people with clay and what it can do, simplifying the process and then letting them feel their way, produces the magical transitions that make these workshops such special events.

Fried Mudd Brochur

Fried Mudd Pottery Workshops Brochure 1

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For more information, click here to go to the Fried Mudd website page.

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WittaFest 2015 (Inaugural Event)

WittaFest 2015 an inaugural event bringing people of Witta and surrounds together.   It will be held at the Witta Recreation Club Saturday 19th September from 10 am to sunset.  Enjoy stories, crafts, music, food, drink (and German Beer!) all wrapped in history!  Come and discover Witta’s historic landscape & pioneer life with historic displays & tours of the Church, School & Cemetery.

Musicians: The Barleyshakes (folk music, fiddle, banjo & guitar);  The Kelly Family Band (family folk music)Kim Kirkman (classical and folk airs on harp and viola)Irish Joe Lynch (inspirational storytelling); Mitch Ruggles (banjo – Americal 19th century)McKay & Wright (traditional folk music); Astar & Rawhinia (classical violin pieces); Rubatuba (tuba / sousaphone and accordion) and Maleny Singers (classical extracts from Bizet’s Carmen).

Historical Displays, Walks & Tours, Workshops & Demonstrations, Food & Beers

  • Pioneer Life – Teutoburg up to 1900
  • Maps and Surveying – historical maps and plans
  • Immigration in 19th Century
  • Costumes from the 19th Century


For more information click to go to the WittaFest website