Fine Woodworking Classes & Workshops

pI have a strong desire to share my knowledge with those seeking a creative outlet, or tangible form of self-expression that can be fulfilled through a medium such as wood. This is why I’ve been actively writing for Australia Wood Review magazine since 2012 and why I also teach woodworking to others who share, or wish to discover, my passion for this craft. FINE WOODWORKING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS IN BRISBANE.
 
 
Teaching and training has always been a passion of mine. I held several key instructional postings throughout my 20-year military career. To read more about this aspect of my background, scroll down below the class information. Take a look at our Student Project Image Gallery.
 
My classes are for all levels of woodworkers in a modern, clean and fully-equipped professional workshop in Willawong in metropolitan Brisbane. Students will learn on and operate machinery from Felder, Hammer, Jet, Festool, Triton and Bosch. An extensive suite of hand-tools is available for use from premium makers such as Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, Starrett, Colen Clenton, Chris Vesper, Blue Spruce, HNT Gordon, Tite-mark and more.
 
Classes are conducted on Thursday evenings from 6-10pm and on Fridays from 10am-2pm.
 

I offer the following classes in fine woodworking:

 

Workshops

In addition to my regular weekly classes, I offer short-term workshops focused on specific woodworking techniques, as follows:
 
 
Circular Side Table Workshop
 
Make one of Damion's elegant circular side tables in this 5-day intensive class. Learn how to successfully make circular panels, cut super accurate and strong half-lap joinery, shape beautiful elliptical legs and decoratively strengthen throough-mortise and tenon joinery with multi-coloured wedges. Featuring a great balance of machine and hand tool processes. To enrol in this class you must have completed both of the Essentials programs first. Limited to 6 places, one place remaining as at 2 March 2022
Mon-Thu 9-12 and Sat 14 May 2022, 2023 TBA
$1540 inc GST, all materials
 
Router Workshop
 
Learn how to safely get the most out of this amazingly verstatile tool. On this two-day class we'll spend the first day concentrating on hand-held routing, then on day two we'll focus on the router table. Discussions along the way will include router and bit selection and maintenance, cutter rotation and feed direction, cutter RPM selection, jig design and construction and loads more. This is a very practical class, with many opportunities to make all kinds of basic and advanced cuts in all types of materials.
7-8 May 2022, 2023 TBA
$715 inc GST, all materials
 
Under development for 2023 - Advanced Hand Tools!!
 
I've thought about this one for many years, and I;m very much hoping it will be up and running for 2023. For those who want to learn the intricacies of marking out and cutting some more advanced joinery, such as half-blind dovetails, dovetails with mitre keys at the egdes of the boards (for a more elegant appearance and to allow through-cutting of other project elements such as grooves for sliding doors etc), wedged through-mortise and tenon and some kind of exercise to dial in skills with the hand planes.
Cost and dates TBA
 

Reservations

To inquire about a class, please contact me via email or on mobile 0407 522 207.
 
A 40% deposit will secure your place, with the balance payable at the commencement of the first session. The deposit is refundable up until 14 days prior to the commencement of your classes, providing that a replacement can be found.
 
Payments can be made by cash, cheque, credit card or direct deposit and in the month or so leading up to your class commencing I'll email you an invoice with those payment options and details.

Damion’s non-woodworking teaching and training background

  • Officer-in-Charge of Ground Defence training at the RAAF Security and Fire School, 2000-2002. In this position I was responsible for the planning and provision of initial employment training and postgraduate studies for Airfield Defence Guards and postgraduate training for Ground Defence Officers
  • Instructor in Tactics and Leadership at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, 2003. In this position I was responsible for the planning and conduct of the Security Operations tactics package undertaken by cadets in their senior semester.
  • Chief Instructor, RAAF Security and Fire School, 2006-2007. In this position I was responsible for the scheduling, standard and quality of instruction on 75 different courses of instruction provided to 23 separate military trade groups.
I also hold formal qualifications in Training Development and a Nationally Accredited Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.


So what does this all mean to you as a potential student of mine?

It means that I have vast experience in the development, planning and conduct of quality training. Specifically, it means that I can take a particular skill or process, break it down into subordinate steps and then design the best method of teaching that skill in the most efficient manner, using a variety of theoretical and practical methods. I use a proven teaching method known as EDP - Explain, Demonstrate, Practise. For each particular step I explain the process, then I demonstrate the process so that you can observe the correct mechanics, body positioning, ergonomics etc and then you each have the opportunity to have a go at that process yourself, under my supervision.