Down to a fine art
SOME of the highest quality championship woodcraft in Australia is on show at Gympie Conference Centre this weekend, at the Australian Scroll Saw national competition.
And organisers say this year's Gympie exhibits are among the best ever.
The nationals, organised by the Australian Scroll Saw Network, are hosted every two years, usually in a different state each time.
This year's national event is being hosted in association with the Gympie and District Woodworkers Club competition.
The event is being held in an appropriate location.
The conference centre is the former Forestry Department complex, a beautiful piece of timber work in itself and a building once linked directly to Gympie's world-recognised role in forestry research.
National exhibition convenor Neil Schulz flew up from Adelaide to help judge the event, which includes intricate scroll saw fretwork and other highly crafty uses of timber for sculpture and other art.
Displays will be open today and tomorrow at the conference centre, along with demonstrations of craftsmen at work.
Mr Schulz said the biennial event seemed to be getting better each time and the Gympie displays are the best ever.