News and Events

June 2017 Journal

A reminder that the deadline for contributions for the June Journal is Wednesday 31st May 2017.

We encourage all members to submit articles to be included in this and future copies of the journal by emailing them to our Editor.You can also mail copy to - Editor APWA, P.O.Box 3167, Victoria Point   Q  4165

APWA New South Wales Plaiting Championships - Cessnock NSW 2017

Cessnock Gun Club will once again be the venue for our competition on Saturday 3rd June 2017. Please note date change from previous notice.

In addition to the competition we will also hold a General Meeting and an Annual General Meeting on this day.

We encourage all members to attend and also invite the public to come along and see  the large array of plaited items on display that are made by our members


APWA Australian Plaiting Championships - Glen Innes NSW 2017

To be held at Glen Innes Showgrounds, Glen Innes NSW on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Campsites with and without power available. BBQ and drinks on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Further details will appear in June and September 2017 journals.

Start making plans to be there for a great weekend


Learning to Plait Courses

If you are a visitor to our website and you are wanting to learn to plait there are a number of places that conduct courses in plaiting and whipmaking.

For your information we list the following:

Birdsall Leather - Sydney -  02 9316 6299 -

Cobb & Co. - Toowoomba - 07 4659 4900 -

Community College Northern Inland NSW -

Taubman & Webb Whip & Belt Plaiting Schools

Richard Taubman (Taubman & Webb) will conducting whip and belt plaiting schools during the weekends of the month of April 2017. There will be redhide whip school(s), which will include a redhide whip with half plait 8 strand roo handle, a 9 strand plaited belt and key rings. There will also be an 8 plait kangaroo hide whip school which will include an 8 plait whip with an 8 strand fully plaited steel lined handle.

These various schools will be conducted on each of the weekends in April and will take 2 days to complete. If you choose to do both you will need to book and attend on separate weekends.

All equipment and materials will be provided along with meals and a BBQ on the Sundays after the schools. Some accommodation can be provided along with room for vans and camper trailers on the station "Spring Valley". There is also motels and pub accommodation (not included in the price) in the local towns of Boorowa and Young both about 30 kms away.
Both types of schools are limited to 10 people and the total cost is $375.00 per person.

Anyone interested can contact Richard Taubman:- - PH 02 6384 6224 anytime

Richard Taubman
"Spring Valley"
675 Murringo Gap Road,
YOUNG NSW 2594                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Community College Northern Inland Inc. Gunnedah & Warialda NSW

John McMaster will be conducting an "8 Plait Roo Hide Whipmaking Course" at the Gunnedah Community College on Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th June 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30 pm each day. Minimum of 5 with a maximum of 8 students. Course details and contact : Lena Curran -  02 6724 5630 - email :

Cost for course is $170.00 plus cost of materials. Please bring a small very sharp knife.

At Warialda on Saturday & Sunday 17th & 18th June 2017 John McMaster will be conducting a "Red Hide WhipmakingCourse" in the Metalwork Room at the Warialda High School from 8.30am to 4.30 pm each day.Minimum of 5 with a maximum of 8 students. Course details and contact:Lesley Rogers - 0429 934 346 - email:

Cost for course is $170.00 plus cost of materials .Please bring a small very sharp knife.

Also at Warialda on Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th July 2017 there will be an "8 Plailt Roo Hide Whipmaking Course" from 8.30am to 4.30pm each day.Minimum of 5 with a maximum of 8 students. Coursedetails and contact: Lesley Rogers - 0429 934 346 - email:

Cost for course is $170.00 plus cost of materials. Please bring a small very sharp knife.



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If you join or renew mid-year you will receive copies of the journals you have missed for that year.

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