Inception

The Cairns and District Woodworkers Guild was formed over 25 years ago by a group of like -minded people from diverse backgrounds, but sharing in a common interest- working with wood.

Meetings were held at members premises until 2001.

An opportunity then arose for the Guild to move to its current premises at 16 Knight Street, Portsmith. This was a major turning point from humble beginnings. After thousands of hours of volunteer fund raising and generous grants from Cairns Regional Council, the Guild grew and is now to boast one of the finest and best equipped workshops, of its kind in Queensland , if not Australia.


Goals

Cairns and District Woodworkers Guild continually strive to showcase the outstanding talent of our members.

We are committed to developing the skill base of all. We are especially committed to our younger members. This is where the future of woodworking lies and wish to ensure that anyone interested in continuing the fine traditions have the tools, equipment, expertise and support required to thrive.


Membership

Membership is on a yearly basis and open to any member of the community interested in woodwork. Membership numbers have steadily grown to over 60, with new enquiries weekly. Please read the "Introduction to New Members" for more info and the requirements of membership.


Community

The Cairns Woodworkers Guild prides itself on giving back to the community.

Mondays are reserved for providing a works space with instruction and supervision by volunteers from the club for community organisations. For the last several years The ARC Disabilities and BAWU ( Bringing Awareness With Understanding ) have been taking part in the opportunities we offer.

We further support the Edward Koch Foundation for various projects that we can assist with.


Facilities

The Club facilities are a source of pride to the membership, and a great deal of work has gone into upgrading the building and equipment. It's an ongoing process with many enthusiastic volunteers helping out regularly.

These upgrades to our equipment have be made possible by the very hard work in fund raising by the membership and by grants from The Cairns Regional Council.

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