Peter Mc Dowell

Pete Mc Dowell retired in 2004,sold off all but his basic tools and downsized to an apartment. Six years later, traveling and free time lost its shine. After many requests from a friend Pete visited the Mogo Workshop and so began a new adventure.
Art Keeler showed him how to make boxes with patience, persistence and hand tools!
Don Lee instructed him in his initial development as a turner and Len Newman started looking over his shoulder providing tips and methodologies as well as giving him challenges to improve his skills.
Since then he has become known for his quality workmanship and creative designs.
Lately Pete has added carving to his skill set and incorporates carved elements in his turning.

Nick Hopkins

Nick Hopkins is a wood turner and sculptor specialising in one-off artistic pieces.
His favourite timbers are Australian Red Cedar, Mango,Oregon and Plantation Hoop Pine.
After receiving his Graduate Diploma of Landscape Architecture he ran a landscape design business in Canberra before relocating to Eurobodalla Shire in 2013.
His hobbies include surfing,yoga and is passionate about forest conservation.

He is a member of the Eurobodalla Woodcraft Guild and Crafts and Arts Batemans Bay Inc. (CABBI).  

 Jenny Barnes

Jenny was interested in woodwork while at school however while boys were taught to cook girls were not able to learn woodcraft. Seven years ago after the death of her husband Jenny found herself with a garage full of tools she couldn't use.She decided to 'have a go'. Jenny joined the Moruya Community shed and restored a found rocking horse.She was told about another wood working group nearby and after seeing the possibilities of this new group she joined the Eurobodalla Woodies. Very soon Jenny was spreading her wings joining interest groups and learning to turn and carve.There was no stopping her.
A class in Japanese block printing came next. Not one to stand still she  traveled to Nowra once a week to try her hand at furniture making.

Truly bitten by the wood bug Jenny attends 2 workshops a year to learn anything wood related.Having already made a rocking chair her next project is a perch stool.

  Keith Hartas

Apart from working with wood Keith incorporates resin into his creations.
One of his most interesting boxes was made of wood found in a marine environment, had been eaten and was full of 'worm' holes.

The wood on its own it would have been useless,however fortified with resin it has been turned into a beautiful box.

Keith has also incorporated objects into the lids of his boxes.

Some of these objects include collected electronic circuit boards,transistors and other found objects of interest.

After the bush fires and the loss of our work shed Keith needed to use his resin stores before it was rendered useless so he made other objects like key ring trinkets.