News and Events


2018 Bunbury Collaboration

Our next biennial Bunbury collaboration will take place from Monday 24th September to Saturday 29th September, 2018. The invited guests will be Joey Richardson and Mike Lee. This will be an event not to be missed!


Jack de Vos

It was with great sadness that we heard that Jack de Vos passed away on May 14th 2017, after a long battle with cancer. Jack was a founding member of Collaboration WA and a long time member of the Woodturners Association of WA.

At our collaboration workshops, he could always be relied upon to produce a number of beautiful forms for others to work on. We were so lucky to have Jack as part of our group. He was a great talent and was always willing to share his skills and ideas with his fellow wood artists and was always in great demand as a demonstrator, both at home and overseas.

Jack had great faith and was always optimistic about the future, no matter what it brought him. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to all of Jack's family, at this very sad time.

God Bless, from all who knew you.

Rob Jones

  • Dwellingup Collaboration Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October 2017

  • Doug Bell workshops Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October 2017


Collaboration 2016 Workshop:

The committee of Collaboration WA Inc. organised another great event in 2016, held from Tuesday 27th of September to Saturday October 1st in the pleasant surrounds of the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School during the school holidays.

The invited artists were Michael Kehs from the USA and Nick Agar from the UK.

All the items completed at the event were signed by each artist involved, photographed and catalogued ready for auction on the afternoon of Saturday October 1st. Both members and visitors bid on the beautiful items created with no reserve prices. The money raised will be put towards the next workshop.

Doug McDiarmid


Collaboration 2015 Workshop:

Our collaboration workshop for 2015 was again held over three days at the Forest Heritage Centre in Dwellingup. Our guest of honour this year was world renowned woodturner Guilio Marcolongo from Victoria.

Our workshop was fully booked, with a total of 20 people in attendance. As with all of our workshops, the balance was just right, with a combination of hard work, fun, and frivolity.

With around 40 pieces being produced, raising over $3,000 at our auction. Many thanks to everyone that attended, and to all of the people that bought items in the auction. Also thanks to "Frank" our auctioneer, and to Kevin who bought us into the 21st century, by arranging credit card and EFTPOS facilities for us. The lucky dip box was full of lovely surprises, handled well by Jack De Vos.

A big thank you to the early morning breakfast cooks, the ladies in the kitchen doing a wonderful job serving up all the meals, and the participants who provided the goodies for our meals.

As usual everything went off without a hitch, thanks to you all.

We are also indebted to the Melville group, the Manjimup group, and WAWA as a whole for hosting Guilio's workshops and demonstration.

Rob Jones

Life Membership:

On the 12th of December, 2015, CollaborationWA awarded a life membership to Rob Jones, our long-time President and Treasurer, in recognition of his many years guiding the club to its current position.