Sustainable Native Timber Showcase and Design Competition

Coming again in 2019!

Woodfest is a fun and family-friendly celebration of all things local sustainable timber.

Learn from expert ‘makers’ and ‘growers’ panels of architects, woodworkers and interior designers. Enjoy viewing wooden works of art from furniture to love seats and a surfboard in the showcase and see who wins the design competition for most innovative use of silver quandong, silky oak and Queensland maple.

The event is free with lucky door prizes, and lunch hosted by the Bangalow Men’s Shed, serenened by local musician Luke Bennett. There will also be a farm tour on offer to view firsthand how the timber goes from seed to tree to product.

Come and celebrate the beauty, affordability and sustainability of farm grown native timber! Entry is free.

Event Schedule

Federal Hall, Byron Bay Hinterland
10am – 3pm

  • 10am – Arrival and Registration
  • 10:15am – Introduction to Quality Timber Traders
  • 10:30am – "Meet the Makers" Panel
  • 11.15am – Morning Tea
  • 11:45am – "Meet the Growers" Panel
  • 12:30 – Native Timber Showcase, Live Music and BBQ
  • 2pm – Timber Design Competition Awards
  • 2:45pm – Sign on for Farm Tour
  • 3pm – Farm Tour and Milling Demonstration

Join local tree farmers, timber experts and woodworkers for a showcase day that will open you to the loop of seed to tree to product!

Native Timber Showcase

A showcase of timber designs by renowned woodworkers from the Byron Shire, including Tony KenwayGrant Vaughan and Alby Johnson (who created this Rainforest Rocker), are on display.

Admire the finely crafted furniture, timber slabs and musical instruments made from local sustainable timber.

Lucky Door Prizes, BBQ & Live Music

Go in the draw to win one of our lucky door prizes including a $100 Firewheel Rainforest Nursery Voucher, Native Timber Pack and 'Heartwood', a book by Rowan Reid.

Enjoy a gourmet BBQ cooked up by the Bangalow Men's Shed and toe-tapping tunes by Luke Bennett.

Meet the Makers & Growers Panel Discussions

Get inspired by the expert makers and growers who are passionate and knowledgable about all things native timber.

Meet the Makers

Tony Kenway, Tony Kenway Furniture

Alby Johnson, Bayspoke Studio

Kate Platt, Interior Design Byron Bay

Meet the Growers

Martin Novak, Subtropical Farm Forestry Association (SFFA)

Carol Neal, Specialty Timber Growers (STG)

Carol Neal, Specialty Timber Growers (STG)

Kevin Glencross, Southern Cross University (SCU)

Farm Tour & Milling Demonstration

Get shown around nearby Lune de Sang farm with a milling demonstration and tour of a mixed rainforest cabinet timber plantation.

Take part in an interactive talk about farm forestry with timber experts and researchers from Southern Cross University.

Design Competition

The Woodfest Design competition has attracted some innovative and beautiful pieces for you to view, from a quandong surfboard to wedding rings and love chairs, and you can find out who the winners are at the Prize Ceremony.

All of these celebrate the beauty, affordability and versatility of native sustainable timbers grown on local farms.

The competition will stimulate ideas and demonstrate new ways in which we can sustain the loop of seed to tree to product. For woodworkers it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with exquisite local timber to craft something beautiful and unique.
— Dr Joe Harvey-Jones, Tree Scientist and Grower

Federal Hall

Jasper Corner
3 Federal Drive
Federal, NSW
Byron Hinterland


For more information please contact Kate Love on 0439 602480 / (02) 66884257 or