Woodies won’t let cancellation stop show

By Mitch Gaynor

WOODWORKERS are taking matters into their own hands after the official Maleny Wood Expo was cancelled for the third year running due to COVID.

The Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild Inc (better known as the Woodies) is proposing to hold a small version at their premises on the same weekend the Maleny Wood Expo was due to be held, on the last weekenf of April.

A proposal would be put to the guild’s near 200 members this fortnight but it is understood approval is almost certain.

Committee member Peter Webb (pictured) said it was important their event proceeded, saying the Woodies relied on the income from the expo to help meet running costs.

“It was disappointing that the expo was cancelled,” Peter said.

“It was understood why it was cancelled, we have to go with the flow, but it’s critical we try and make some income.”

Peter added the expo and the Santa’s Shop were the two main income-earning periods for the Woodies and given the cancellation this year they were taking matters into their own hands.

“Those events really help with running costs for members,” he said.

The event would include demonstrations from expert woodworkers as well as plenty of items for sale including jewellery boxes, tables, bread and charcuterie boards.