Something Different

Get hands-on with a wide range of rare and unique learning experiences steeped in traditional crafts and facilitated by experts. Immerse yourself in exciting and rewarding experiences you won't find anywhere else.

Over two and a half days you will be guided by artist and educator Antonia Aitken through a place-based making approach.  You will be invited to explore and interpret the site through walking, observational and gestural drawing and woodcut printmaking techniques. 

  • Beginner
  • Two Days
  • Age 16+

thing /θɪŋ/ noun

(Old Norse) ▶ An assembly or meeting of the free men and women of a country, province or a clan. At the thing, disputes were solved and political decisions were made. The place for the thing was also the place for rites and for commerce.

(Tharwa Valley Forge) ▶ A five-day Viking festival of making and feasting. Forge your own knives, helmet, axe, shield and other Viking tools. All-inclusive price covers food, classes, and camping in luxury Viking-themed tents.

  • Blacksmithing
  • Knifemaking
  • Beginner
  • Five Days
  • Axes
  • Age 16+

On this two-and-a-half day course you’ll make a large brisket carving knife, cooking fire pit, and an asado BBQ. Best of all you’ll learn how to use them.

No BBQ or metalwork experience necessary; this course is suitable for anyone age 16 and up.

  • Knifemaking
  • Beginner
  • Two Days
  • Age 16+
  • Welding

In this comprehensive weekend long workshop you will fashion a longbow of sustainable Australian hardwood and beautiful bamboo, custom crafted to your own specifications. You will learn the theory, science and art of turning dead timber into dynamic and fearsome longbows. You will also learn how to craft bowstrings, and if you don't already know - be introduced to the rewarding pursuit of shooting a longbow.

  • Beginner
  • Bowmaking
  • Two Days
  • Age 16+

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