The Bower Workshops

The Bower has a long history of offering hands on workshops – starting at the very beginning with straw bale building demonstrations and working bees throughout construction of our Marrickville premises. Since then we have had many talented staff pass through our ranks, offering tutorials in furniture restoration, basic carpentry, bike maintenance, recycled art and introductory upholstery. Workshops are subject to demand and are usually held on weekends. We don’t just run classes on-site either. If you have a group or an idea and no one to run it, why not get in touch and see if we can’t tailor a DIY or Reuse workshop to your needs.

Tricks of the Trade Workshop Series

The Bower’s ‘Tricks of the Trade’ workshop series are a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the latest ideas and techniques for the repairing and upcycling of preloved furniture. No prior skills are required as our experienced facilitators will guide you through the workshop.

Workshops are held at The Bower’s workshop space at 107 Projects in Redfern or at The Bower’s Parramatta store at 10 Hunter Street.

Furniture Painting   tools   Upholstery workshop

Furniture Painting (5 hour workshop) – $70
Learn how to restore furniture pieces to recreate your own favourite circa look, be it French provincial, retro or industrial. The workshop will cover surface preparation, paint application, colours, sanding techniques and appropriate accessory enhancement choices. You will need to bring 2 small items of timber furniture, paint and brushes. Full details are explained in the online booking form.

Furniture Repair & Restore (5 hour workshop) – $70
Our experienced woodworkers will be teaching you how to fix wobbly chair and table legs and how to give new life to a preloved piece of furniture. This workshop includes understanding how to repair joints and replace worn out or missing parts. You’ll be taught how to use different tools – both hand and power – and how to select the right tool for the job.

Basic Carpentry (5 hour workshop) – $70
Our experienced woodworkers will teach you all the basics for carpentry construction. You’ll be taught how to use different tools – both hand and power – and how to select the right tool for the job. We supply all the timbers and fixing materials (nails, screws) for you to construct a storage crate/box to take home with you.

Introductory Upholstery (3 hour workshop) – $60
During this hands-on 3-hour workshop you’ll learn the basics for upholstering a flat surface (e.g. a dining chair, a bed head) by creating your own milk-crate upholstered seat base. This workshop includes choosing appropriate fabric, measuring and cutting foam and padding and what timbers to use for creating the base.

2017 Workshops
Our workshops are extremely popular and book out quickly. Bookings open 8 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Workshops at The Bower: Parramatta
Basic Carpentry: 16 September, 16 December
Furniture Restoration & Repair: 19 August, 18 November
Furniture Painting: 5 August, 4 November
Introductory Upholstery: 2 September, 2 December

With thanks to City of Parramatta, Parramatta residents can attend these workshops for the reduced rate of just $25. Enter the code LIVEPARRA at the checkout when booking. Residents MUST show proof of residency upon arrival at the workshop (failure to do so will require additional payment of $45). 

Workshops at The Bower: Redfern Workspace
Basic Carpentry: 2 September, 2 December
Furniture Restoration & Repair: 16 September, 16 December
Furniture Painting: 23 September
Introductory Upholstery: 9 September

Cancellation Policy
In the event that The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre is unable to run the workshop, a full refund or credit towards another workshop will be provided.  If you are unable to attend and provide no less than 10 days’ notice, then we are happy to transfer your booking to another workshop. No refunds, credits or transfers will be given for any cancellations less than 10 days’ prior to workshop date. To cancel, please call us on 9568 6280 or email