Why do we offer workshops?

As an environmental charity, we want to help educate the community about reuse and repair. It’s part of our charitable mission. Workshops are currently taught at our locations in Redfern and Parramatta.

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).


We offer a range of classes across multiple locations. Bookings open 8 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Basic Carpentry: 2 February, 4 May, 3 August, 2 November
Caring for Your Furniture: 9 February, 11 May, 10 August, 9 November 
Furniture Painting: 16 February, 17 August
Introductory Upholstery:18 May, 16 November

Basic Carpentry:
 2 March, 1 June, 7 September, 23 November
Caring for Your Furniture: 9 March, 8 June, 14 September, 30 November
Introductory Upholstery: 30 March, 5 October
Furniture Painting: 29 June, 21 December
Home DIY:16 March, 15 June, 21 September, 7 December

School Holiday Workshops for Kids at Parramatta 

Scrapyard Musical Instruments: Tuesday 23 April 
Masterful Mosaics: Tuesday 22 January 

For information on Parramatta Women’s Shed workshops, click through to our sheds page.


We also run a range of classes in partnership with Sydney Community College.

Woodwork for Beginners
Woodwork – Intermediate
Upholstery Course for Beginners – Ottoman
Woodwork – Stool Making

We also run our unique Tiny House workshop in partnership with Sydney Community College. Click through to read all about tiny houses.


Furniture Painting (5 hour workshop) – $80
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.

Caring For Your Furniture (5 hour workshop) – $80
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) – $80
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) – $65
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.

Home DIY (2 x 5 hour workshops) – $160

Learn to use basic tools to do general maintenance and repair work around the house. Get a run down in using drills and drivers to hang pictures and mirrors on timber, brick, or tile walls, change taps over on a sink and learn how to fix a leaky pipe, and patch a hole in a wall. Get the run down on a basic home tool kit and where you can get one secondhand, as well as what materials are good around the house, in wet areas, and outside.

Kid’s School Holiday Workshops – $10 or $5 for Parramatta Residents
Panpipes and castanets, lagerphones (monkey sticks) and windchimes. Using 100% reclaimed materials, participants at this workshop will create a range of scrapyard musical instruments while applying skills in using hammers, fine motor control and knot tying. Suitable for ages 7 – 12.

Tailor Made Workshops
We provide workshops to schools, business and community groups and can tailor-make an activity suitable to your needs. From making insect hotels with scout or school groups, to team building days creating wooden crates from recycled materials, we’ve got all kinds of creative activities. Get in touch to find out more.

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 info@bower.org.au.