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Woodies annual expo to heat up for experts, students

WOODIES EXPO: Ken Hooper with his competition entry, a carved "bottle" that doubles as a weathervane, with a built-in thermometer, barometer, and hydrometer.
WOODIES EXPO: Ken Hooper with his competition entry, a carved "bottle" that doubles as a weathervane, with a built-in thermometer, barometer, and hydrometer. Rachel Lang

WHAT could be Australia's greatest pyrography displays will be open to the public this weekend - but what exactly is it?

Pyrography is one of many decorative techniques woodcrafters use to decorate their work, using a heated metallic point to burn designs into wood, and will be one of many types of woodwork on display at the Bribie and District Woodcrafters' Association annual exhibition.

The exhibition, which kicks off on Saturday, will boast more than 600 pieces entered for sale, display, or glory.

Judges combed through hundreds of pieces during the week to select the winning woods from multiple craft categories.

WOODIES EXPO: Kevin Dowd and Ken Hooper with Kevin's entry into the competition - a carved horse and plough that took him over a year to make.
WOODIES EXPO: Kevin Dowd and Ken Hooper with Kevin's entry into the competition - a carved horse and plough that took him over a year to make. Rachel Lang

Twelve woodwork students from Bribie Island State High School will enter their work in the junior section, double the six entries in the first junior contest in 2012.

Senior woodwork teacher Mark Goves said the number of students involved with the expo was growing steadily.

"We've had good interest from the students," he said.

"I think its really important that the students are able to showcase their work to the wider community."

While many "woodies" entered to show off their hard work, Bribie Woodcrafters' competition chairman Ken Hooper said this year would boast a bumper sale catalogue.

"I think people are starting to see the exhibition itself is a different market for selling woodcraft and wood art than your normal Sunday markets," Mr Hooper said.

Prices will range from $10 to $4000, so stop by the expo this weekend to admire the work of some local artisans and potentially grab "barking" mad deal.


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