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).
HOW TO BOOKWe offer a range of classes across multiple locations. Bookings open 8 weeks prior to the workshop date. Click on the name of the workshop to be taken through to online bookings.
Basic Carpentry 2 February, 4 May, 3 August, 2 November
Furniture Repair: 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
Furniture Repair: 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
RENT-A-BENCH: if you’re interested in working on a project, with supervision from a skilled woodworker, consider our Rent-a-Bench scheme. Click through for more information on Rent-a-Bench and the Bower’s Woodworks.
SYDNEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORKSHOPSWe 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
Make a Bird House
We also run our unique Tiny House workshop in partnership with SCC. Click through to read all about tiny houses.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
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.
Furniture Repair (5 hour workshop) – $80
Learn the basic skills needed to solve common issues with timber furniture. Bring a piece of furniture with you from home and get hands on experience with repairing wobbly legs, split table tops, and replacing broken pieces or parts. Please ensure the piece of furniture you bring in is of a manageable size.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.