Australian Scroll Saw Exhibition

Event TypeExhibition/Show
Event FocusCommunity
Event ReachAll
Event ScopeLocal Community
Dates21/04/2018 to 22/04/2018
Start Time9am
End Time5pm
LocationMitcham Cultural Village Community Centre
103 Princes Road
Mitcham SA

The Australian Scroll Saw Network (known as “The Network”) celebrates its fourteenth year with a National Scroll Saw Exhibition of fine woodwork in the historic Mitcham Village Institute*, corner Princes Rd and Torrens St, Mitcham, South Australia. The Network will stage its eighth biennial exhibition over the weekend 21_22 April 2018. It is a national association of wood artisans, keeping people with a similar interest (i.e. the scroll saw) informed about their crafts, bringing them together once every two years, with the aim of sharing knowledge and woodworking experiences. Its members come from the eastern states and South Australia.  Previous exhibitions have been held in Albury/Wodonga, Adelaide, Kiama, Gympie, Wangaratta and Coonabarabran. The Exhibition is an opportunity for the association to showcase the work of its members and visitors can be assured of viewing an excellent display of quality woodwork. Some items may be for sale.

The Network relies on a regional woodworking club to host its exhibitions. This year South Oz Scrollers Inc is the successful club and, in partnership with the national association, will organise the physical resources, including venues, local sponsorship and promotion that are required to mount a successful 2018 event. Mitcham City Council is supporting the event which is greatly appreciated by the Network and South Oz Scrollers.

The woodworking exhibition is likely to display about one hundred exhibits primarily made from wood, or composites, in categories (fretwork, silhouette, intarsia, jewellery and other) some of which are art forms. The common feature in all categories and sections of the competition is that each exhibit must show evidence that a scroll saw has been used in the crafting process.

The scroll saw is a small woodworking machine that cuts a range of different materials such as wood, plastics, soft and precious metals, brass, copper and aluminium, mild steel, cork, cardboard and paper, rubber even ceramics and stone with an appropriate blade. It has the distinct advantage over other saws of being able to cut intricate curves and corners with a range of blades specifically manufactured for the saw. It is used in the crafts of fretwork, intarsia, jewellery, folk art, model, toy and puzzle making to list a few. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see large models, smaller functional crafted items featuring fine filigree  patterns, silhouettes and different art forms.

The best represented category in the exhibition is likely to be the fretwork division where members of the Network spend many hours of effort using their sawing skills to craft articles from intricate small items like jewellery, to functional items such as clocks, a range of trinket boxes and bowls, shelves, models of structures etc. Another of the artistic applications of the scroll saw is the craft of intarsia where an image can be broken into component parts, cut from wood of a variety of species and colours and reassembled to create an artistic replica in wood.

Awards, from a significant prize pool, in the various categories will be presented at a dinner on the Saturday evening. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and 9am – 4pm Sunday. Entry is free.

Contact: Mike Donnellan (08) 8370 0108
* the Mitcham Community Shed, that South Oz Scrollers hires for its workshop sessions, is located in the Village precinct and will be open.

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