Wood Expo set to be a great weekend!

Annual event celebrates the wonder and versatility of wood

The annual Maleny Wood Expo, now in its 25th year, is set to enthral visitors this Labour Day Long weekend with an array of workshops, entertainment, and exhibits that promise an unforgettable experience for all ages. Hosted by local environmental group Barung Landcare, the Wood Expo aims to educate attendees about sustainability while celebrating the beauty and versatility of wood.
Spanning from May 4th to May 6th, this year’s Expo boasts the largest number of entries to date for the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize, a prestigious woodworking competition sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council and several local businesses. With a record-breaking number of entries, the competition showcases the innovation and creativity of artisans from across Australia, featuring sculptures, fine furniture, and miniature pieces crafted from sustainably harvested timber. Finalist pieces will be on display and for sale over the weekend.
“The Wood Expo is more than just a showcase of woodworking talent; it’s a celebration of sustainability and community,” shared Doug Evans, Barung Landcare General Manager. “We’re proud to offer a platform for artisans to display their creations while also raising funds for environmental projects in our region.”
Workshops at the Expo cater to both beginners and seasoned woodworkers, offering hands-on experiences to develop new skills and deepen appreciation for the craft. From spoon carving to stool making, to a range of amazing wood workshops for the kids, attendees can learn from some of the country’s best woodworkers, including long-standing exhibitors like the Blackall Range Woodies, who have been part of the Expo since its inception in 1996.
Beyond woodworking, the Expo features guided Platypus tours, cultural weaving workshops, and environmental education activities for adults and children alike. Educational talks will address sustainability practices and environmental conservation, encouraging attendees to reflect on their impact on the natural world.
With live music performances, street acts, and interactive demonstrations, including live chainsaw carving with local artisan Shane Christensen, there’s no shortage of entertainment over the weekend. Attendees can also indulge in a variety of street food and coffee while immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere.
“We invite families, woodworking enthusiasts, and curious visitors to join us for a weekend of inspiration, education, and entertainment,” urged Evans. “The Wood Expo is a testament to the talent and creativity within our woodworking community, and we’re excited to share it with everyone.”
Tickets for the Maleny Wood Expo are available online and at the gate over the weekend, with free entry for children under 16. For more information and bookings, visit www.malenywoodexpo.com.