The Urban Bush-Carpenters are bringing back old ways to help make a new world. We are bringing back a DIY ethic focused on sustainable living through growing your own food, making compost, keeping chooks and using worms to eat your food scraps. Like the bush-carpenters of old we use found wood to make useful things, the only difference is that we do it in the city. We find discarded timber around town, outside building sites, down alleys and in skips to make planter boxes, chookhouses, worm farms and compost bays for a range of community groups.
Bush-carpentry workshops in Melbourne 2013
We have organised the second round of workshops for 2013 with the next taking place this May. All workshops will be held as the usual location, Ceres Environment Park,East Brunswick. Workshop dates and topics are listed below and more information about what to bring can be found via the workshops 'tab' in the lefthand menu. We hope to see you there.
Seeking new members
Urban Bush Carpenters are seeking new members to join our small collective dedicated to spreading the gospel of sustainability and practical, no nonsense carpentry.
Your commitment would entail participating in workshops, contributing ideas and generally promoting the ethos of salvaging, socialising and sharing.
If you’re keen to ‘have a go’, come along to a workshop, check us out and let us know your interest.
No booking system...
The bush carpenters are most content with a hammer or saw in their hands and a pile of timber from which to create something new. For this reason we have decided to scrap the booking system allowing us to spend more time doing the things we enjoy doing. If interested in attending one of our workshops you no longer have to contact us through our 'Contact us' tab. Instead simply turn up on the day and register with us on arrival where we will simply ask you your name.
Information on workshop time, location and what to bring is shown on our workshops page.
The UBCs run on the good will of a few like-minded people who volunteer to encourage the sharing and learning of skills common to bush carpentry. This includes resourcefulness and making the most of the materials at hand, getting to grips with hand tools and using recycled timber. The workshops are free, but at the beginning of each workshop appreciate a donation of $5 to help cover the cost of things such as drills, saws, screws, nails and other materials. At the end of the workshop should someone want to take home what we have built we would ask for an additional donation decided on the day.
Shallow planter boxes for herbs and salad greens.
Furniture - bring your own project/idea to complete on the day.
Work benches and jewellery work benches.
To be confirmed.