TALENTED: Stan Ceglinski will be one of the presenters at the upcoming inaugural woodNmusic Festival, being held in Gympie on the last weekend in May.
TALENTED: Stan Ceglinski will be one of the presenters at the upcoming inaugural woodNmusic Festival, being held in Gympie on the last weekend in May. Contributed

Mixing wood ’n’ music

EVER wonder what our retired business owners get up to in Gympie?

Bruce and Kathy Walker sold their business, Gympie 4WD Spares, to their children Ben Walker and Brandy and Greg Murley.

Since then, Bruce has discovered retirement can open up a lot of creativity in your life, after joining the Gympie and District Woodworkers Club. It's not known yet what Kathy has to say about it.

While the kids have been hard at work, Bruce has made some beautiful timber pieces he will be entering into the woodNmusic Festival, being held on May 29-31.

He's hoping to win a prize in one or more competitions being held at the festival.

One item he's particularly proud of is his first guitar, which perhaps son Ben may play at the festival?

The woodNmusic Fesitval will have woodworking competitions in junior novice and open classes as well as a music writing competition, woodworking and musical workshops and entertainment from various groups of local and interstate artists.

The woodworking exhibition will have a direct link to music including instruments, furniture associated with music as well as novelty items that have a connection to music making.

The music writing competition will include references to the wood and forestry industries of this area, either historical or present day.

Presenters to conduct workshops and demonstrations throughout the three-day program include Stan Ceglinski from Northern NSW and Luke Kallguist from Brisbane.

Stan is noted for for his diddly bow workshops and entertainment prowess, while Luke Kallquist will be showcasing his finesse as a professional luthier.

There will also be workshops concentrating on the production of music boxes.

An official opening includes a wine and cheese tasting function on the Friday evening. Instruments entered into the the woodworking competitions will be demonstrated.

A Saturday night concert will feature many local and interstate artists while an informal concert and jam session will wind up proceedings on Sunday afternoon.

This is a first event of its type for Gympie, one that features the expansive timber and musical heritage of the region.

Organisers are looking forward to locals and visitors enjoying what is on offer during the woodNmusic Festival.

If you are a woodworker or a songwriter, take a look at the festival's website http://www.woodnmusic.com to find out about the workshops and competitions planned.

 The Gympie and District Woodworkers Club and Australian Institiute of Country Music, are hosting the festival in the AICM Building, Channon St, Gympie, on May 29-31.