Illawarra Woodwork School

The Illawarra Woodwork School is based in Woonona, north of Wollongong NSW Australia. Illawarra Woodwork School was started in 2005 by Robert Chapman and Stuart Montague joined Illawarra Woodwork School in 2012. The classes are project based: After the first initial lessons where using the basic hand tools for marking out, cutting and planing timber are taught, we start on your project.

The classes are taught by Stuart Montague who has been making furniture for over 30 years, and is a third generation furniture maker. Stuart has a trade background as well as a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Tasmania with a major in Design in Wood. This allows him to have a diverse background, from traditional French and English furniture through to contemporary . Stuart has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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An awesome little carving course. Jeff is a very precise and knowledgeable teacher.

Be warned. It’s addictive.


A good class with a very skilled teacher. We learnt some good techniques. Highly recommended if you’ve ever thought about trying wood turning.