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What we are all about

SA Woodcarving Academy was established in 1986 by Adelaide's most passionate woodcarver.

SA Woodcarving Academy provides a very pleasant and convenient place to learn the art of Woodcarving.
In fact our bright, well-lit and air-conditioned studio is just minutes from the city, at St Peters. Class sizes are limited to 12 students, which guarantees plenty of personal instruction, in a friendly environment.
Our classes are held continuously throughout the year, so you can start whenever it suits you. A beginners kit and use of all tools are included. All classes have been designed for people with little or no experience.

Your Instructor, Ken Vear (The last apprentice in Adelaide) has been involved in woodcarving for nearly fifty years.

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Class session times

  • Monday
    6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Tuesday
    6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Wednesday
    9.00am - 12.00pm 1.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Thursday
    9.00am - 12.00pm6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • *Friday
    10.00am - 4.00pm*Double session run fortnightly

Anyone can learn the skills and there is no rush.

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  • I have now been with the Academy since 2008.  Among my achievements are a 1 metre crucifix, the 3 wise men, a cluster of roses and many other items.- Brian
  • I have been with the academy since 2005. I have been carving a second Buddha type pose inspired from a trip to Bali.  I thought I would have a go at carving them myself and although at times I found it very challenging it was so good to find that I was successful.- Barry
  • Never thought I would be able to do woodcarving.  It was not something I had been interested in previously, but I have found it to be very relaxing and have surprised myself at what I have achieved.  If I can do it anyone can.  Ken is very patient and a great teacher- Debbie, from Unley
  • I am living proof how someone with very little affection for wood, who was preoccupied with my professional life which had brought me to breaking point.  I started woodcarving and recovered to the point that all my stress has gone and love for woodcarving is enviable.  Ken, his classes and people attending create such a lovely atmosphere that enables you to switch off from your daily grind and stress.- Ned

Our students & their projects

A student making an ornamental 4-sided lamp post
An occupational therapist shows a student the best position for holding tools for his stature
A life like eagle almost finished
Barry’s budha taking shape
One more animal for this student’s animal collection
This lady is carving her first animal, a fox
The finishing touches to a rocking horse
Making intricate patterns on a flower box
Ken discusses student’s projects
Brian’s first lady almost complete
5reasons why you will love woodcarving
  • Its more than relaxing – its therapy!
  • An opportunity to develop your creativity and learn a new craft
  • The smell of natural timber is soothing and calming which reduces stress
  • Meet people and make new friends
  • Satisfaction of making something completely unique