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Timber story at Maleny Wood Expo

The Maleny Wood Expo is held annually as the major fundraiser for the Barung Landcare organisation.
The Maleny Wood Expo is held annually as the major fundraiser for the Barung Landcare organisation. Photographer: Steve Swayne

THE Maleny Wood Expo is set to carve up the hinterland for the 16th consecutive year attracting more than 8000 visitors to the region.

On May 5 and 6, all roads will lead to the Maleny Showgrounds to celebrate everything wood, from chainsaw to fine furniture.

Attracting a mere 20 woodworkers and 3000 guests in its first year, the 2012 event boasts a record number of exhibitors.

Expo Co-ordinator Steve McLeish said the expo got bigger each year.

"The small size and beautiful setting of the Showground brings visitors back every year," he said.

"They love the country atmosphere and we have been told the woodwork is on a par with the city wood shows."

The Wood Expo demonstrates the whole timber story, from seed collection through to planting forests, harvesting and the end product - the furniture.

As a result, exhibitors now include woodworkers who turn sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers into works of art.

It also showcases mobile millers, trade and tool displays and demonstrations by woodworking clubs and woodworkers.

Visitors can enjoy mobile milling demonstrations, buy timber, taste-test great food and enjoy entertainment, including musicians Gypsy Loco and Mumbo Jumbo.

"Great Scott's street theatre antics are also popular with both kids and adults," Mr McLeish said.

"There are wood workshops to join, tool and equipment demonstrations, gourmet produce to buy and a host of other activities and displays.

"These woodworkers produce an extraordinary range of furniture, sculptural pieces, artworks, and everything else that can be fashioned from timber."

The Wootha prize, rapidly becoming a prestigious award in the timber industry, will form the feature exhibition on the Main Pavilion stage.

Finalists will be vying for first place and the $2500 up on offer.

There will also be a People's Choice Award for the first time.

Tickets cost $12, under 16 are free and concessions are available.

For more information visit malenywoodexpo.org.au.


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