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People’s choice announced

ArtsJoanne EisemannComment

June 2018

THE NEW art initiative Great Western Tiers Art Award has concluded for this year.

The ‘People’s Choice Award’ attracted 107 votes and was won by artist, Phillip Austen of Travellers Rest, for his work entitled Bastions of the Valley. 23 of the 30 exhibited works received ‘People’s Choice’ votes. The lucky voter prize was won by Geraldine King of Deloraine.

Budding artists should note that it will run again in March 2019.

Bombshells big impact

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

February 2017

NORTH-WEST Coast drama teacher Michelle Best takes 20 minutes each to play Meryl, Tiggy, Theresa and Winsome in celebrated Australian writer Joanna Murray- Smith’s Bombshells at Deloraine’s Gallery 9 on 17th February, 7.30pm.

First performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2001, it has since run twice in London’s West End.

The play was described by Arts Review as exploring women “balancing… inner and outer lives with humour and often desperate cunning.”

Meryl, the hilariously frantic, running-on-empty self-deprecating wife and mother, struggles with being the all-in domestic goddess, while Tiggy, the cactophile, movingly grapples with being spurned by a lover.

Plain-speaking Aussie bride Theresa tussles with doubt- and the odds of emerging financially intact from divorce - all the way to the altar, as widow Winsome refreshingly embraces being compromised with a young sightless man while doing community work reading books to the blind.

Bombshells offers light refreshments without an interval, at $20.00 tickets from Elemental Art Space or www. stickytickets.com.au.

Pam teaches glass

Arts, FeatureJoanne EisemannComment
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JANUARY 2017 | Marguerite McNeill

DELORAINE HIGH School student Felicity Honner enjoys working with fragments of coloured glass to create something special.

The thirteen year old, who said the activity was “pretty good,” has become so adept at the craft that a piece of her glassware won a first prize award at this year’s Deloraine Show.

The simply fashioned vase with beautifully coordinated colours was created during art classes under the guidance of glass artist Pamela Tankard of Deloraine. Felicity is one of about 80 students to practise glasswork as part of their art program during the year.

Deloraine High art teacher Maria Lietzau said that the students were very lucky to experience glasswork, as very few schools would have such an opportunity. She said that it was a great addition to the whole art program.

A volunteer at the school for the past few years, Ms Tankard works mainly with grade 7 students and enjoys the chance of working with the young people to share her love of creating with glass.

As well as using her own kiln to fire the glassware, she manages the school’s larger kiln to fire ceramic works made by the students.

Delighted with the success of the classes, the 76-year-old is also feeling pretty chuffed about her own achievement of completing a Diploma of Visual Arts at Devonport TAFE. She is now looking forward to her first solo exhibition that opens in Deloraine this month.

The exhibition entitled ‘Essence of Life’ features contemporary porcelain vessels and pâte de verre leaves. The designs are inspired by the local environment, including the plateau and the Great Western Tiers.

The exhibition at Deloraine Creative Studios in Emu Bay Road, Deloraine will be on show from 2nd to 30th January 2017.

The official opening by winner of the 2014 Fine Porcelain Design Award Belinda Winkler will be on Friday 13th January 2017 at 6.00pm.

Photo | Mike Moores

Festival of drums

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment
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JANUARY 2017 | David Claridge

DELORAINE WILL be wowed with the beat of drums as members of Australia’s Premier Professional Taiko Group, TaikOz will teach and perform at Tasmanian Taiko Fest 2017.

Held at the Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre on the 14th and 15th of January, local Taiko Teacher and Tutor, Yyan Ng, explained that this will be the first ever event in Tasmania bringing groups from all around Australia together.

“Hopefully there will be more workshops to come over the next few years and put Deloraine on the map,” he said.

“Taikoz founder, Ian Cleworth and esteemed tutor, Kerryn Joyce will teach the twoday intensive workshop and help give an energising performance on the Sunday.

Taiko is Japanese for drums, a part of Japanese culture for over a thousand years. Originally used in warfare, they have been adapted to entertainment in the past seventy years where drummers wear traditional style clothing and concentrate on their posture and movement to follow a certain code.

In Tasmania, there are three Taiko groups located in Launceston, Hobart, and Burnie who perform regularly around the state.

The event is not only for people interested in having a go at Taiko, those who want to see what it is all about can watch the public performance on Sunday 15th January at 4.00pm.

For more information visit the Tasmanian Taiko Fest 2017 Facebook page.

Photo | Photo courtesy TaikOz

Hot job going

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

January 2017

WINTERFIRE 2017 needs a new co-ordinator.

Are you community minded and do you have some time and energy to run this fantastic event in June?

Some funding is already in place. All the necessary equipment such as fire drums, road signs, star pickets and solar lights are in storage. The contact details of all the groups involved are listed and Arts Deloraine will provide you with lots of support.

Here’s a chance to give back to the Deloraine community, work with some great people and have fun. On the down side, this is not a paid position.

For any enquiries call Jaqui on 6362 4335 or email: artsdeloraine@ gmail.com..

Sharp enough to shave with

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment
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DECEMBER 2016 | Chere Kenyon

THE TASMANIAN Craft Fair proved, once again, it was alive and kicking with a fascinating range of new exhibitors that included products such as the PeacePods - funeral caskets owned and designed by Mea Souris; made of environmentally friendly recycled paper and plywood.

Fashioned like a round tube they certainly do not evoke images of death, but rather draw one in to touch them.

“There is no affection for a coffin. But these PeacePods are more calming and evoke a serene feeling,” stated Mea. “There is no cringe factor.”

A celebrant for about 40 years, she has always felt that funerals should be more positive; leaving loved ones with a better feeling.

Ideal to order in advance, “you can decorate or paint [the Pods] the colours you want… [and] use calligraphy or collage”.

“They can have gold leaf or poems. The sky is the limit,” she added.

It means you can involve yourself in the process of enhancing your Pod as much, or as little, as you wish.  Or your family or friends could decorate it, making it more meaningful.

Another intriguing exhibitor was Myles Kirkman, an emerging designer of knives who is only 18 years of age.

Myles said, “Three years ago, in the shed one day, I whittled wood into a knife and Dad suggested I make a real knife.”

What began as a school project is now an exciting business opportunity of selling his knives at Elemental Artspace in Deloraine All Goods in Launceston, Devonport and the Northern Territory.

Myles is also conscious of not wasting our precious resources, while supporting local businesses.

“We use all locally sourced Tasmanian timbers for the knife handles. One person makes guitars and we get offcuts from him. Then offcuts from the knives are used to make wooden keyrings,” he shared.

An old favourite, Sheffield’s World of Marbles was once again wowing audiences with  artisan Jim Mitchell firing up a burner to craft marbles onsite.

Taking a clear rod of glass, he applied decorations, twisted and covered it with black glass; melting it into blends which would become the marble.

Jan Clay, who runs the 12-year-old business, creates glass sculptures as well.

“We are the only shop in Australia to specialise in art glass marbles,” he added.

In addition his son, Shasa Bolton, is its kinetic sculpture artist; interestingly extending their range of marble and glass artefacts.

You can contact each of the exhibitors for more information about their respective crafts.

Mea Souris via her website www.peacepod.net.

Myles Kirkman via www.kirkmanknives.com.

World of Marbles via www.worldofmarbles.com.au.

Photo | Mike Moores

Flaming Good

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment
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DECEMBER 2016 | Joanne Eisemann

I WAS intrigued by the stunning fire images presented as a slide show at Winterfire. Watching ‘Old Flame’, I felt like I was observing a dance, ancient, yet serenely beautiful. MVG caught up with photographer Robyn Adams to find out more…

Q. When and how did you develop an interest in photography?

I have always appreciated great photographic images.  I became interested in low light photography in my late teens which led me to study photography at the Queensland College of Art.  I was drawn to the variety of work in photojournalism and worked at that for a few years.  My love of nature and landscapes led me to Aboriginal people and their culture & I have been a free spirit ever since.

My work as a remote area tour guide gave me access to some of Australia’s best locations, even if I was too busy to shoot them.

Q. What do you want to say with your images?

The image needs to get attention by declaring, ‘I am here’.  When you know it’s a photograph, the photographer can also say ‘I am here’.  The viewer looking upon the image detail can say, ‘I see everything’ so ‘I am also here’.  That’s how I’d like it to go anyway.

Q. What makes a good picture stand out from the average?

Good pictures have great lighting! They are only recordings of reflected light after all, so it’s important to bounce that light off an interesting subject or frame it deliberately as it falls upon a scene.  I like simple image constructions which have a clear contrast; maybe light against the dark or a solid in a liquid, something smooth on a rough texture etc.  The other quality always present in a good picture is, detail.  A photo of a wombat is greatly improved if you can clearly see how thick and course its fur is.

Q. What led you to starttaking pictures of fire?

I’ve looked at plenty of campfires and been mesmerised by all of them. Passionate photographers don’t quit when the sun goes down! Digital cameras allow instant review of your image so I was able to make adjustments and tweak the settings and just generally experiment until I found a ‘sweet spot’ where the randomness of the flame started to make sense to my eyes.

Q. When you are taking pictures how much of it is instinctual and how much is planned?

Equal measures of both at different times. I have a plan which is, to follow my instincts.  Having my tools clean, charged & packed is crucial but not as crucial as having the right tools in the first place.  I sometimes revisit places that didn’t work out & I usually have a plan for a re-shoot.  Awareness of the weather (light), moon phases & tides as well as the seasonal cycles are kept in mind & my instincts then work like a light diviner once I’m on location.

Q. How do you teach yourself to make better pictures?

Better photos happen faster if you understand the technical aspects of the behaviour of light on different surfaces and you can grasp the fundamental sections of your camera. Look at the work of others, ask questions. I often override my camera when it’s telling me I can’t take this photo. Fill your box with knowledge and then step out of the box!

Q. Where can people see examples or purchase your work?

I make photo cards and mounted prints. I also choreograph some of my work to music & project them as performance pieces.

Cards and prints are at Elemental Art Space in Deloraine.  Or search Youtube for Robyn Adams and flame to see the 5 minute piece I showed at Winter Fire.

Photo | Robyn Adams

Beautiful science

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment
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NOVEMBER 2016 | Wendy Laing

THE DELORAINE Creative Studios will be the venue for the Amazing Tasmanian Science Stories until the 30th November, 2016.

Ten artists, using a variety of printmaking techniques, are holding an art and story-telling exhibition.  Each piece of art will be accompanied by a short, interesting Tasmanian science tale.

The aim of the Amazing Tasmanian Science Stories is to give people a new way to be delighted and inspired by beautiful art and science together.

Wildlife biologist and artist Ms Rebecca Donaldson said that the printmakers have taken inspiration from unusual and crazy science stories to create their works of art.

Some of the narratives describe the science behind cheese making and the latest technique in pasture science as well as tales of Tasmanian animals, lost treasures, beautiful plants and mysterious life-forms.

Ms Donaldson went on to say that she and the artists want the exhibition to appeal to everyone who loves art and stories and will be surprised to learn interesting information about science in Tasmania.

The exhibition is also a chance for the artists to share the secrets and beauty of printmaking and to discuss opportunities for people who live in the Meander Valley to become involved in art in their community.

A People’s Choice vote will be available throughout the exhibition.

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Super cool spider

Arts, NewsJoanne EisemannComment
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NOVEMBER 2016

THE BUREAU of Meteorology received over 800 photo entries from all corners of Australia for their 2017 ‘Australian Weather Calendar’, and Meander Valley resident Leanne Osmond of Leeo Photography is among its thirteen finalists.

Her Frozen Spiderweb in St Marys is featured for its month of December.

Taken in mid-winter 2014 in St Marys’ township on Tasmania’s North East Coast, Leanne had used a Canon EOS 7D camera and Canon 100mm macro lens that morning.

As a member of the Mole Creek Photographic and Visual Arts group, this photo entry is on display at its exhibition on 26th and 27th November in the Mole Creek Memorial Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Hailing from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia before 2015, Leanne passionately captures the Meander Valley, the Great Western Tiers and the North East coast’s stunningly natural unique environment, untamed and farmed flora and fauna.

She loves combining photographs with digital enhancement techniques too, producing images that highlight nature’s beauty.

Yet it was only buying her first digital camera in 2005 that she found the perfect expression for her love of nature.

Her arresting images have been featured in South Australia council calendars, a book about the Adelaide Hills, the Sydney Morning Herald and Gardening Australia, as well as on the front cover of a tourism magazine, numerous business websites and on television’s Postcards in South Australia, when she appeared as its guest.

Purchase the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2017 ‘Australian Weather Calendar’ from http://shop.bom.gov.au/t/wttl.

To view Leanne’s images visit www.redbubble.com/people/Leeo.

Photo | Leanne Osmond

Little theatre hosts the originals

Events, ArtsJoanne EisemannComment

November 2016

THE DELORAINE Dramatic Society (DDS) has once again opened its doors to the work of original performers; holding their 18th Original’s Only Night on 19th November at 7.00pm.

Mostly locals, and some not so local performers from the Coast and Hobart, will share their original works on the Little Theatre’s stage for an entertaining and lively evening of music, instrumental works, punk rock bands, poetry, singing and songs.

The Mistress of Ceremonies is Lisa Yeates and the performers work to her schedule, ensuring the evening has variety and musical colour.

With heightened enthusiasm from artists wanting to perform this year, the stage is set for a big night that includes a number of younger music bands from the area amongst the singer-cum-songwriter musicians and performance poets.

This evening was first devised by the late Maggie Nichols. A DDS committee member and singer herself, she saw an opportunity to share the talents of musicians and artists who had works to present but lack the audience to do so. There is, after all, nothing quite like being on-stage, and getting feedback on your work from a live audience.

The Dramatic Society understood the need to continue their role of providing a supportive space to the arts in general, and the Original’s Only Night was born.

If you like surprises and an evening where you will more than likely be moved by the skill, sound and courage of new works by new artists, mark your diaries: the 18th Original’s Only Night takes place at Meander Valley Performing Arts Little Theatre, with $8.00per head tickets at the door. Supper is available during the evening.

Sci-Fi Filmmaking

Events, ArtsJoanne EisemannComment

November 2016

A DYSTOPIAN future, Alien invasion, magic spells that transform you into another person. In film you decide what the future will be and you are limited only by your imagination. Transistor Youth Arts, Launceston City Council and Interweave Arts have teamed up to offer a very special filmmaking opportunity for young people aged 9-13 years.

Students will not only learn how to write and use professional broadcast quality equipment but they will write and make two short Science Fiction films that will be screened at REMADE 2016.

Workshops are 19th, 26th and 27th November. Thanks to the support of Launceston Council workshops will cost only $50.00 per person.

For bookings visit: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/scriptto-screen-sci-fi-ages-9-13-years-launceston-tickets-28566675696?ref=ebtn.

Exhibitions

Events, ArtsJoanne EisemannComment

November 2016

Elemental Artspace has three exhibitions currently featuring in the Durham Gallery.

Daughters from the Quarters sculpture by Mel Doliver runs to the end of November.

Meandering 2016 is on display till 30th November, as is An Age to Grow - an exhibition featuring 6 local artists presenting a variety of works including textiles, ceramics, timber sculpture and fine furniture.

UTas students design Craft Fair entrance

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment
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OCTOBER 2016 | Chere Kenyon

TIM BIGGS, Director of the Tasmanian Craft Fair (TCF), in conjunction with students of the Architecture and Design School at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), have come up with an innovative drawcard for this year’s fair.

Tim felt that TCF really needed a portal to set off the main entrance to the fair, approaching UTAS to ask if its students could deliver “something that people can walk through, and be whimsical enough to engage them”.

He added, “It is a good collaboration as they are very enthusiastic and easy to work with. And it is a really good experience for them, having to project manage to a budget and to justify what they are doing.”

According to UTAS lecturer Mark Bagguley, designing a structure is a complex process, “Testing it is a mixture of digital and hands-on work.”

A plywood portal was decided because the material is cheap and flexible.

Students design it digitally in an architecture program called Grasshopper, performing many physical tests on different plywood weaves, material thickness and bending stress, and building models with each step to work out the number of laminates they will need.

“You have to understand how it is going to work from scale with the material. The main problem is the timber’s wind load: how far can the material go before it starts to fracture, de-laminate and break?” related Mark.

These real-world projects are very important for the students, as “some of them have not touched raw materials before. They get further and further removed as they advance”.

Tim added, “TCF is funding the entrance portal, but as we raise money for community projects and charities, we would like to get some assistance if we can.”

So please help fund this Rotary Club of Deloraine project. It provides opportunities for UTAS Architecture and Design students, as well as draw crowds to the Tasmanian Craft Fair.

To donate to this project, please visit chuffed.org/project/tcfportal.

Photo | Mike Moores

Portraits of life

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

October 2016

AS PART of the Creative Ageing Festival 2016, Deloraine House partnered with renowned Tasmanian photographer Valentina Ricchi and residents of the Meander Valley.

They are celebrating being senior with a 'Life Portraits' photographic exhibition.

"I’m normally quite camera shy but Valentina was easy to talk to and very professional" said Derik Thompson, a resident of Deloraine, who is one of the exhibition participants.

"I enjoyed the whole experience. I chose to have my photo taken at the Deloraine Cenotaph as I was in the Army and feel a connection to that place," he said.

All the exhibition participants have spoken about their lives and chose a place to have their portraits taken.

Using multiple images of her models as well as some of their prized possessions, Valentina Ricchi has captured a unique insight into the extraordinary lives of each participant and created a portrait like no other.

This exhibition is magically beautiful and a definite 'must see'.

Displayed throughout the Creative Ageing Festival, the exhibition will be held at the Great Western Tiers Community Club, 33a Parsonage Street Deloraine from Monday 10th -14th October.

Share morning tea with the exhibition's models, hear their stories and their unique contributions to the Meander Valley at the exhibition opening, scheduled for Monday 10th October at 10:30am.

Everyone is welcome and a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

For all other Exhibition times throughout the festival see the Creative Ageing Festival 2016 program or call Deloraine House on 6362 2678.

Fun at the fair

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

October 2016

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST working craft fair, the Tasmanian Craft Fair (TCF), provides a chance to come and meet artists, artisans and craftspeople.

Find items you may want to buy and discover the story behind the making of them.

With 240 stalls, 70 exhibitors will be demonstrating their work on site with another 40 having a display that shows how they make their products.

This year there will be 40 new stalls, lots of entertainment (especially for children) and other special attractions.

Of special interest is 2016's emerging artist Myles Kirkman, a local lad who makes knives.

Myles uses Tasmanian timbers and upcycled bandsaw blades to create high quality items.

This year the TCF Official Charity is Giant Steps Tasmania. Located in Deloraine, it is the only specialised school for autism in the island state.

Top shots bring success in press awards

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SEPTEMBER 2016

MEANDER VALLEY Gazette photographer, Mike Moores, received high commendation for two of his pictures entered in the 2016 Victorian Rural Press Awards.

'Bringer of Fire' taken at Winter Fire in 2015 gained second place in the general interest category and 'Rodeo fun for Rattle N Hum' took second place in the sports section.

Recognition of his talent extended to the 'Photographer of the Year' section where he received second place. The Awards showcase and recognise the best journalism and photography across rural/regional Victoria and Tasmania. Well done, Mike!

Photo | Mike Moores

Thespian offering of one act plays

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

September 2016

THE FESTIVAL of One Act Plays is back in October, in a continuation of The Deloraine Dramatic Society’s illustrious history.

The DDS was formed in 1951, and in 1955 the first Youth Drama Festival was held, which has continued to the present.

Previously known as the Senior, and later the Adult Drama Festival , the inaugural Festival of One Act Plays was performed in 1981.

Traditionally, participants have come from all over Tasmania: Burnie, Ulverstone, Devonport, Launceston, Rowella, Scottsdale, Deloraine, Hobart, as well as interstate.  However, in recent years participants have mostly hailed from Hobart.

Festival Director Patricia Woods was asked by the Society to organise the first festival, drawing on her experience with Inter-varsity Drama Festivals when a student at UTAS.

"The main appeal to me of the Inter-varsities was the idea of living theatre for a whole week and being totally absorbed in drama." A week was not feasible for the Deloraine festival, which instead became an immersive weekend. An important component is the social aspect, bringing a party atmosphere to the competition.

The festival has run to a similar format since its inception: Friday performances and adjudication, then a party to which the audience, as well as cast and crew, are invited. A Saturday afternoon session and adjudication, where participants go out to dinner in Deloraine. This is followed by a night session and adjudication, after which everyone is again invited to party.

Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Production are then announced. The winners toast their success with champagne in the silver goblets included as part of the perpetual trophy.

While the festival has been well attended by out-of-towners, Patricia is hoping for a good turnout from local audiences as well this October. Around 14 plays in total are performed over the course of the festival.

At $5.00 per person per session and an invitation to supper afterwards, it is a wonderful opportunity to see live theatre locally.

This year’s Festival will be held at The Little Theatre on the 14th and 15th of October. Please BYO drinks.

Those wishing to perform must complete their entries by the 30th of September.

For more information, contact Patricia Woods by phone on 0409 568 291. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.

Pay load at Overload

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

September 2016 | Wendy Laing

DELORAINE HOSPITAL gallery launched an art exhibition called Overload on 29th July.

Showcasing thirty artists who, using a variety of mediums, have expressed their ideas how their art relates to Haemochromatosis - a genetic excess iron disorder.

The Deloraine Curator for the exhibition, Sheila Stevenson, thanked the guests for attending the launch.

She then introduced Sarah Weaver, artist and Overload curator, who briefly explained that Overload art exhibition began in Hobart in 2012.

It was also held in Launceston in 2014 and has been held in Deloraine during 2015 and 2016.

Mrs Stevenson then introduced Guy Barnett MP, who officially declared the 3rd Northern Tasmania Overload exhibition open.

During the evening, guests at the launch were asked to vote for a people’s choice award.

Young artist Liam Rudolf won this honour for his oil on canvas entitled ‘On the Ledge’.

The Overload exhibition is open to the public in the Deloraine hospital gallery until the 5th November, 2016.

The art work may be purchased and thirty percent of monies raised from each sale will go to help fund Haemochromatosis Australia.

Choral feast

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

September 2016

The Meander Valley Choir will hold their annual concert at the Westbury Uniting Church Hall, Westbury on the 25 September beginning at 2pm.

Special guests include students from Our Lady of Mercy and two solo singers Nina Gibson and William Kelly accompanied by Amelia Reynolds and many more entertaining items.

The money we raise this year is to go to the “Blazeaid” people who have been helping people affected by the floods.

Everyone is welcome, cost is $10 per adult, under 16 years free, afternoon tea will be provided after the Concert.

Tassie timber strikes a chord

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AUGUST 2016 | Chere Kenyon

THE FIRST ukulele Kevin Lincoln made at Tim Spittle’s Lutherie workshop has had him hooked on making wooden stringed musical instruments ever since.

Tim, a native of Western Australia and an experienced secondary technology schoolteacher and business owner, has been holding these workshops in Tasmania for about 4 years.

Kevin, of Christmas Hills is one of his earliest Tasmanian students, and has been his workshop assistant ever since.

This July, the first Deloraine Lutherie workshop was held as Tim moved his Ukulele and Guitar-making workshops to their new home.

Tim added, “We wanted a more central location (in Tasmania) and thought Deloraine was the perfect spot and we found a good location at the Empire Hotel.”

Tim intends to hold two ten-day Lutherie workshops in Deloraine a year; mainly focussing on the use of Tasmanian timbers such as Blackwood, Sassafras, King Billy, Celery Top Pine, Silver Wattle and Huon Pine.

Small class sizes enable personalised attention as he recognises that people have different skill levels and needs.

His students have ranged from musicians to people who have never played a musical instrument and those who like to work with wood.

Pat Hawkins of Ulverstone was completing his second course this July as he “got hooked on the first occasion, doing a workshop at Stanley making a tenor ukulele," given the wonderful time with friends he had.

“I could not resist the temptation to come back, meet new friends and enjoy two weeks of wood work,” he added, endorsing Tim’s goal of “people being happy and excited at the end of the journey”.

“Students often say… ‘I never thought I could finish this’ or ‘I never thought I had the ability to do that’. They start by saying this is just too much. Then the components gradually come together,” Tim shared.

He finds it gratifying to see his students leave contented and strumming on their instruments. The next workshop in January is quickly filling up.  Book online through australiantonewoods.com.

You may also catch up with Tim at this year’s Tasmanian Craft Fair.

Photo | Mike Moores