News and Events


2018 Bunbury Collaboration

Our next biennial Bunbury collaboration will take place from Sunday 23th September to Friday 28th September, 2018. The invited guests will be Joey Richardson and Mike Lee. This will be an event not to be missed!


Dwellingup Workshop October 2017

In October we held our 2017 workshop in Dwellingup, and I would like to thank everyone that attended, for making it such a success. The workshop itself turned out some stunning work, which raised close on $2800 at the auction, which is on a par with what we usually raise at Dwellingup. In addition to this we raised a further $108, due to Kevin's cunning plan to fine everyone $2 for every real or imagined misdemeanour that was committed at the workshop.

I would like to thank everyone who provided the wonderful home cooked meals, and to the ladies that worked tirelessly in the kitchen, while the rest of us enjoyed ourselves in the workshop; your help was very much appreciated by us all. I must also thank Dan and Kevin, for providing us with the wonderful cooked breakfasts, which we all enjoyed so much. To everyone that helped in the kitchen, I would like to add, that you are all invited back in 2019.

We had quite a few first timers at this year's Collaboration, and I would like to thank them for attending, and I would hope that you will all be able to attend our workshop in Bunbury next year.

We also had a few members who were unable to attend, either because of ill health, or because of prior commitments, and we wish them all well and hope to catch up with them again soon.

I must also thank the Collaboration WA Committee for their work throughout the year, without which our workshops wouldn't take place. Lastly I want to thank our artist in residence for this year, Douglas Bell from South Australia, he was an inspiration to us all. A big thankyou from all of your friends in WA: "You are welcome back anytime".

Robert Jones (on behalf of Collaboration WA Inc)

Two Day Master class with Doug Bell

This year we were fortunate enough to have Doug Bell attend our workshop at Dwellingup. While he was here, he also conducted a series of master classes for WAWA groups, the Woodcarvers Guild of WA, and a two day workshop for Collaboration WA. I will restrict my comments to the workshop that I attended as a participant, although I have received nothing but positive remarks, about the other workshops that Doug conducted.

Our master class took place at Kevin's workshop (as usual many thanks to Kevin for his hospitality). Thanks also to Nancy for the lunches and biscuits, and to anyone that supplied the yummy confections, which added to our combined waist lines.

Doug's workshop was primarily a pyrography workshop, but it was so much more than that, with in depth discussions on many subjects, which can either make or break the pieces of work that we create.

The first part of the class was devoted to how to the hold the pen, and the use of the basic tips and how to control the amount of heat to get the desired result. This was followed by instruction on how to make your own individual tips using Nichrome wire. Doug provided a number of Hoop Pine ply, laser cut profiles as practice pieces, to refine our techniques.

We were then let loose, on our own pre-turned pieces, to do with as we saw fit, with lots of advice and input from Doug. He interrupted proceedings at regular intervals with short demonstrations and words of wisdom. Doug also provided everyone with a bound booklet which detailed not only the practical art of pyrography but also the principles of proportions, the elements of good design, and the use of colour, to name but a few.

Doug's presentation was concise, informative and entertaining; what more could we ask for. Many thanks Doug from everyone who attended your inspiring master class.

Rob Jones

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


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.

Pictures of the workshop items and participants and exhibition pieces can be seenon this site.

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.