Geoff Tonkin. Craftsman, Musician, Teacher.

FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Do I need woodworking or metalworking experience?

No. Our courses are suitable for beginners through to more advanced levels.


How physically fit do I have to be?

While not overly strenuous, a reasonable level of fitness is required. 

For woodworking courses, students are required to split up green wood logs with a splitting axe, use a small side axe, use a drawknife on a shave horse and operate a pole lathe with their foot. The first 3 to 4 days are the most strenuous after that it is more hand work at a bench.


What are the accommodation options?

  • Your own bedroom in a house with other students on the course about 1 km from the workshop. The house is fully equipped with stove, fridge, freezer, microwave and BBQ that you share with the other students. You bring your own sheets, towel, (blankets are provided), and food requirements. The main living area has a reverse cycle air conditioner and wood heater. There are three rooms with double beds, one with an ensuite and three other rooms with single beds. The cost is $25 per night per person.
  • There are three granny flats available nearby (approx 5-6 kms from the workshop) if you prefer more privacy. The cost of these is $50 a night.
  • You can bring your own caravan, camping trailer etc. and camp behind the workshop. Power is available, a toilet and you are welcome to use the workshop kitchen area which has a small fridge, sink, BBQ, microwave and hot water but no shower. If needed there is a shower in the main house 50m away. Camping cost is $10 a night
  • Other options include Air BnB’s around Molong, Molong Motel and 2 Pubs.

 Are the days consecutive?

Yes, all courses are consecutive days and run from from 8.30am to 5pm..


What is provided? 

All materials and tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own hand tools to try out.


Where is the workshop?

The workshop is 10 kilometres or 10 minutes west of Molong in the central west of NSW, 4-5 hours drive from Sydney. It is situated in a rural setting on the banks of the Mandagery Creek. Molong has a very well-equipped Spar Supermarket, ATM, Chemist, Pubs and BP Service Station and all facilities that you may require. There is a daily bus / train service to and from Sydney.


Are there any age limits? 

18 +  Student ages have ranged from 18-85.


Are dietary needs catered for? 

Yes. Morning and afternoon teas are provided, and we cater for all your dietary needs. Students bring their own lunch. There is a Chairmakers’ dinner towards the end of the course to which students are invited to bring their partners.


Can I bring my partner for all or some of the course?

Partners are welcome and whilst we don’t provide any activities for them (apart from the Chair Makers’ dinner) they can explore the diverse range of activities and attractions of the central west.


Do I get to take my chair home?

Yes! Your chair will hold pride of place in your house for many years to come. In fact, some students find their chair is claimed by another member of the family and they have to return to make another one.


Will I be able to make a chair on my own after one or two courses?

Chair making skills do take some time to acquire but with dedication and commitment we do have quite a few students making their own chairs all be it with an occasional day at the workshop, phone call or email. We are always happy to offer advice or help if and when needed.


What if I fall behind and can’t finish my chair?

We will make every effort to help you get your chair over the line. If this becomes too difficult for you, we will finish your chair for you after the course or you can return for a day or so to finish it off.


What if I have a disability?

We would love to hear from you and would be happy to discuss your needs and make every effort to accommodate your requirements.


Is there anything else I should know?

Yes, chair making can become addictive and over 50% of each class are usually returnees (and good friends!)



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