Ancient Crafts


Bruce Weier, master craftsman in all aspects of wood carving and turning creates intricate and exquisitely detailed wood carvings in the style of famous 18th century English carver, Grinling Gibbons.

His impressive collection of tools includes over 300 chisels (some more than 150 years old), and a huge collection of manual planers – he believes that machine-produced carvings lack that special touch.

Bruce enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for woodworking with people at all levels of accomplishment. He has conducted many workshops over the years around south-east Queensland and beyond.

As well as demonstrating throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Gympie Rotary “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo, October 31 & November 1, 2020, he will be conducting 2 workshops over the weekend – book now!

To book:  Email or call 0409 621 232


  • Friday, October 29, 5pm – 8pm and/ or
  • Saturday October 30, 5pm – 8pm

Venue: Gympie & Districts Woodworkers Club, 39 Saleyard Rd, Gympie QLD 4570

Project: In this 3-hour workshop, you will be working alongside and under the direction of this master craftsman, carving your own piece of timber. Bruce will bring some patterns and carvings as guides.

Cost: $110 per 3-hour session (maximum 12 students). Students can book into both workshops to continue working on their project with Bruce, or opt for one workshop and continue working on their project at home.

What to bring: Your own tools, if you have them, and some carving friendly timber such as beech or jelutong (lime wood is ideal, but is very expensive). The wood will need to be approximately 25mm thick, and 450 X 150mm.