Green Living Festivals

Looks like a fun day for the family & the planet at the same time!

After reading an interesting post on Tammy Logan’s blog Gippsland Unwrapped about the Casey Green Living Festival (which evolved from a Cloth Nappy Expo) I thought it might be a good idea to provide a resource of links to other Green Living Festivals or similar events around Australia (not limited to Victoria or the Gippsland region).  They often have a great list of FREE activities for the family.  So take your kids for a look if you’re in the area, looks like a fun day.

VICTORIA

Casey Green Living Festival

– from Casey’s Website
When? – 16 Nov 2019 | 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Where?
Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick North East Drive, Narre Warren 3805 Check on map

Free activities!!

  • Bike n’ Blend – make your own pedal-powered smoothie
  • Reptile encounters – up-close wildlife experiences 
  • Face painting – recycling themed
  • Recycling truck – jump in the driver’s seat to have your photo taken
  • Interactive water catchment model and water bug activity 
  • Roving bubble entertainer (supporting the “Bubbles not Balloons” campaign)
  • Roving entertainment by “The Connies” sharing swap cards on local birdlife and waste reduction actions

Talks and workshops

Please click the links to book your spot in the talks and workshops:

10.30am – 11.00am: Home composting
11.15am – 11.45am: Reduce your waste
12.00pm – 12.30pm: Having a wildlife friendly garden
12.45pm – 1.15pm: SECCCA: Energy efficiency in the home
1.30pm – 2.00pm: Making beeswax wraps
2.15pm – 2.45pm: Recycling right

Stallholders

You can view the complete list of stallholders from our website.

Go to the Events Page here for more details and info on stall holders.

If you’re planning a festival or even a craft market in your area and would like to be listed here please Contact Me and I’ll be more than happy to add you to this list as it grows.

For more information about Gippsland Unwrapped and the great work that Tammy does you can read her story here https://gippslandunwrapped.com/our-story/

You might just find yourself reading through all the great tips she has on sustainable living and minimalist lifestyle and how you can apply these things to your own life in small ways.  Every little bit counts but often we are overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin so I think blogs like this are fantastic for those that would like to get more involved in sustainable living but need simple clear instructions or ideas without having to spend hours doing your own research reinventing the wheel.

Tammy’s original article about the Casey Green Living Festival can be viewed through this link below, looks like a big day planned and I hope it all goes well.

https://gippslandunwrapped.com/2019/10/29/casey-green-living-festival-from-cloth-nappies-to-green-funerals/

 

Help me grow this list!!!

Have fun!
Andrew

Chopping Board Oil – How to care for your chopping board & keep it looking great.


What oil is best to seal wooden kitchen products & where can you buy it in Australia?

Chopping Board Oil Instructions

  • What Oils are Safe to be in contact with food?

  • What Oils are ALL Natural?

    Below these care instructions is a list of safe oils you can use on your cutting boards and any wooden utensils you have in your kitchen.
    *Please consider these options as advice only and your unique circumstances may be different,
    for example Peanut Oil is not a good option for those allergic to nuts.

    *Please use the heading links, do your own research then decide which oil is best for your situation. This list may be updated at any time.

Care Instructions

chopping board care instructions

 

Care & Maintenance instructions for chopping boards – I’d received a couple of emails asking what oil is best to use, so rather than re-write most of it I thought I’d paste it here for all to read.  This is my email reply to a happy owner of one of my chopping boards.

CHOPPING BOARD MAINTENANCE

  • The main thing you need to do is make sure NObody puts it in the DISHWASHER as this will dry out the wood fibres and may cause it to warp or split.

  • Wipe it down after use.
    We just wipe ours clean with a damp cloth when needed, it stays on the bench, has quite a few cuts on the surface now from making sandwiches over the years but it just adds a bit of character, can’t worry too much as that’s what it’s for.
    As long as you don’t leave stuff on there to dry crusty I think that’s the best way to look after them.Wet chopping boards need to be put up on edge to allow both sides to dry.
  • How safe are wooden cutting boards?
    Wood is the safest cutting board, in my opinion, plastic boards trap moisture and germs breed like crazy in the cuts.
  • Can I cut Meat on it?
    Of course you can – Butchers have used Ash and Oak for cutting meat on for 1000’s of years, as long as it’s wiped then allowed to dry it should be fine, even if it does get a bit stained sometimes. Just remember the rules when handling raw meat.

BEST OPTIONS FOR SEALING CUTTING BOARDS

  • Do I really need to use oil?

Some recommend that you don’t oil them at all because that can trap moisture but I find it helps to keep them clean and stop dirt penetrating so as long as you don’t slap oil on it every day I think it’s fine.

  • What Oil is best?

    I use Livos Countertop Oil on the wood when I make them, that’s the best hardwax oil I’ve ever tried and it’s fully natural, unlike others that have poisons & drying agents even though they claim to be all natural.
    So you could always buy a tin of this if you have a few boards you need to maintain but there are some alternatives below that are easy to find at your local supermarkets or chemists.
    a can of livos countertop oil environmentally friendly plant oil finish

    This is the best oil I’ve found in all the years of using natural oil finishes. It’s a unique blend of organic food grade sustainable environmentally friendly plant oils. And as an added bonus it really works!


    Other Oils Commonly Used on Wooden Kitchen Products

  • Some people rub Canola Oil on every now and then but I’ve heard mixed reports – some say it goes rancid eventually. This is the same with most vegetable oils.
    But if it’s getting constant use and not left sitting in a damp dark cupboard for 6 months I think you’ll be fine with any oil.

  • Grapeseed Oil

    is better, less likely to go rancid.
    This is a great natural chopping board oil & available in most supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths or IGA.

  • Coconut Oil

    is good, in our cold winter it is solid in the jar though so you need to heat it first to make it liquid,  easily done with a hair dryer on the board while you rub it in with your hand being careful not to overheat.

    I’ve been using it on pine chopping boards and the Beard Combs and it adds a nice colour which is surprising because it looks white in the jar when solid. It’s also totally natural, edible, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, so I think it’s possibly the best choice I’ve come across at the local shops.

    Coconut Oil with coconuts

  • The other alternative is

    Liquid Paraffin Oil

    a highly refined mineral oil sold in the chemist as a laxative so it is safe to use on chopping boards, it’s a liquid so sold in a bottle usually.
    I used to use it on boards but these days I’ve gone more for natural products, rather than products from industries that are bad for the environment. PETROLEUM PRODUCT!

Hopefully that helps answer some of your questions about oils on chopping boards & hasn’t just confused you with my rambling on! 

With a little care you will continue to enjoy them in your kitchen for many years to come.

Regards
Andrew Wilkerson


Custom Made Case Notary Public Stamp Seal Press Pt 2

Night time workshop goings ons!

  • Fitting the base
  • Fitting the Lid
  • Shaping the Raised Panel

Some more work in progress photos of the Stamp/Seal box. In this post I will show the steps involved in fitting the base and lid into the slots as well as fitting the solid brass plaque into the top.

Squaring up the end of the slot with a chisel

Extending the slot length into the dovetails and squaring up the end without breaking through! Just a nudge with the palm is enough, this QLD Maple works well with sharp hand tools.

It’s little things like this that take the extra time — I like to sneak up on the fit rather than create a slot that’s slightly too wide or too deep, there’s nothing worse than getting half way through the glue up only to find something is slightly out of line or the base bottoms out in the slot and throws the whole thing out of square.

It can be very hard to correct once you have glue on the tight fitting dovetails, so preparation is key.
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Custom Made Case Notary Public Stamp Seal Press

Night time workshop goings ons!

Here’s some work in progress photos – in between making signs I have started a new box/case build. This will be used for a Notary Public to keep his stamp seal press and other items he will be carrying to meetings. The box will be posted to Brisbane when complete. The timber is from the cleanup after Cyclone Yasi – some rare rain-forest species.

shavings on the workbench

I’ve been working at nights and have made some progress so here are some ‘work in progress’ photos of the build so far and some close-ups of my messy but reliable workbench! (more…)

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Personalised Wooden Signs

Large variety of fonts and styles to choose from for your own custom wood sign. Andrew makes bar signs, house signs, engraved name plaque, man cave signs, signs with sayings & pictures.

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Wooden Boxes

Need a special wooden box for a loved one or a presentation box for that precious item you've had laying around? Andrew makes jewellery boxes, display cases, pen boxes, cufflinks boxes, watch boxes and more.

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Custom Made Work

Custom made woodwork. Australian made using the finest sustainable timber and materials. Andrew has a passion for hand tools and traditional woodwork joinery to ensure your custom made treasure will last generations and be passed down through your family.

Workshop News - 2019

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Environmentally Friendly

It’s important to know where timber comes from and if there are ethical practices involved in harvesting and sourcing from sustainable forests. Here at Australian Workshop Creations, we only use sustainable or ethically salvaged wood and natural oil finishes that are made in Australia of course.

We believe in preserving our old grown forests and national parks for future generations and keeping Aussie jobs here in the land down under.

Wood is simply the most perfect renewable resource and I think we should be proud of what we have in Australia, especially Victoria with our timber industry supporting so many Aussie families and industries in all our states and territories!

My thoughts on logging in Victoria.

Although many argue about how much we should or should not be logging in this state I think it’s important to find a balance so we can hold on to these important fundamental industries, especially when they work well and are profitable.

Let’s not forget they also support many other businesses and industry down the line, not just the local area and communities directly involved.
To learn more about the sustainability of the local Victorian Ash I use (direct from the mill in Weir Road) please visit their website
https://vicash.com.au/why-victorian-ash-is-sustainable/

  • Less than 0.05% of the forest area is harvested each year on an 80 year rotation.  (Yes, that decimal point is in the right place). It is then regenerated. Source.

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Projects & News 2019


Workshop News
See My New Etsy Shop
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I’ve been using a lot more Victorian Ash since moving back
to Heyfield last year.
And going along to the trade days at ASH each month.
(Australian Sustainable Hardwoods)

Here’s one of my Vic Ash signs hanging on a gate.
Deep black engraved lettering, natural decking oil finish.

Looking forward to making many more Chopping Boards
and other Vic Ash products in the near future so stay tuned and let’s see what
we can do with this beautiful locally grown hardwood.

I’m excited to be back in my old workshop!

With a backlog of custom made signs over the Christmas period I’m only just
catching up on things now, I’ve been busy moving and arranging timber stock,
renovating my house in Heyfield and preparing some nice new Alpine Oak
(Victorian Ash) kitchen bench tops.

UPDATE :- The latest addition is a new Solid Jarrah Floor which I’m laying
down using offcuts from the mill.  Pics will be up when finished.
It only cost me $40 for a pallet of Jarrah!
It will look fantastic when it’s all done, especially with the Vic Ash bench tops.👌

Of all the timber I’ve purchased over the years these two bench tops are
going to be mine forever, I will be looking at them for the rest of my life
so it feels good to finally do a project for myself for a change.

Please bookmark this page or view and follow me on Instagram
and Facebook for the latest photos of my woodwork.
To see work in progress with an occasional tool restoration
and a sneak peek into hand tool techniques
visit my Woodworking Blog.

Thanks for your interest in my work.
Andrew Wilkerson