The Heritage Woodcraft Centre
“Where traditions of the past have a place in the future”
The Heritage Woodcraft Centre is the only place in Perth dedicated entirely to teaching traditional woodworking hand skills and techniques. It is a place where wood work history is appreciated and hand tools are respected; where traditional skills are learned and enjoyed by people of all ages.
"Hear the whisper of a sharp hand plane taking a shaving from a nice piece of wood"
We love to hear the whisper of a sharp hand plane taking a shaving from a nice piece of wood. We get a thrill from sharing the simple pleasures of pre-industrial woodcraft skills and techniques. We enjoy seeing the pure delight on the face of a child who has learned to use a spokeshave for the first time.
The Heritage Woodcraft Centre is home to The Joy of Wood, where Greg Miller and friends bring you the pleasures of traditional woodworking in many different ways, from public workshops to private tuition and more. Come and join us and discover the wisdom of the centuries through your hands and your heart.
Learn Traditional Woodcraft Skills
Join Greg Miller and friends at the Heritage Woodcraft Centre where you will learn a variety of traditional woodcraft and wood working skills.
Skills-based and project based wood working workshops are offered each month through our Joy of Wood Public Workshop programs. Each month the programs are different, and the best way to learn of these is through our email list.
Some workshops are run for adults, some for children, and some for kids and parents together. From Spoon Carving to Furniture making, from PalletCraft to Cajon Drum making, from Tool Sharpening to Wood Carving - there are so many fantastic ways for you to experience the joy of woodworking at the Heritage Woodcraft Centre!
We love to teach special groups of people who come together to create together. These include family groups, workplace groups, Homeschooler groups, and other pre-existing groups.
How does it work? It’s easy: The organising person arranges with us a mutually suitable date, time, project, and other details. Your group comes to the Heritage Woodcraft Centre on that day and we have a wonderful time together, learning and experiencing the delights of hand tool woodworking. It is a great way to spend time together.
Why not give your woodcraft skills a boost through one-on-one tuition? From absolute beginners to master class sessions, our private tuition is available to people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Usually provided in 2 hour sessions, some are regular weekly or fortnightly, some are occasional, and some are one-off. It all depends on what you want and what you feel you need. Private tuition is a very effective way to build your skills. It is also a wonderful therapy tool for people with various disabilities and those wanting to re-build their lives. Creating with the hands is good for the mind, body and soul!
Join in the fun!
Whatever your skill level, there are many ways for you to experience the pleasures of traditional hand tool woodworking. We would love to help you build your skills and experience, to introduce you to ancient knowledge and practices which have been all but lost. We love old tools, we love the traditional skills and knowledge, and we believe there is a growing place for the tactile delights of working with our hands in our increasingly digitised world.
"Working with our hands grounds us with the material and the tools we use"
Working with our hands grounds us with the material and the tools we use. Doing it together builds community and connects us together through the creative process. With no screaming power tools we can talk and laugh together as we craft beautiful things with our hands. Can you feel your heart warming?
What Our Students Say
Thanks Greg! It was an amazing day! And yes a great bunch of people! Thank you for all the knowledge and patience that you shared! We love the Stool! It's holding up very well! I shall definitely have to practice my straight sawing and hammering techniques! Arms very sore by the end but well rested today!
Thankyou for the spoon carving class last week. I love my spoon. In fact I enjoyed it so much I have convinced one of my sisters to come over to Perth on holiday next year and do a class too. She didn't take much convincing I hasten to add!
Thank you so much for the wonderful lesson for Innes today. He hasn't stopped talking about it and has shown all his relatives, explaining the different tools he used for different purposes. Such a great class. We will definitely return for another project.
I wanted to send my gratitude for such a wonderful morning this Sunday. It was such a glorious morning, an excellent chance to reconnect with the skills of working with wood. You are an incredible mentor and teacher and made it so easy to get started, try out new skills and find success in such a short time.
Contact the Heritage Woodcraft Centre
By appointment, unless you are booked in
for a workshop or private session.
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Where to find us
The Heritage Woodcraft Centre
31 Canvale Road,
Canning Vale, WA 6155
(entry off Ilda Street)