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 Championship - 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.

Further details will appear in the March 2017 Journal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Gunnedah & Warialda Community Colleges

John McMaster will be conducting an "Introduction to Plaiting" course which will include flat plaiting (belts), round plaiting (hatbands) and also how to plait "Turks Heads".

The course at Warialda High School will be on Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd April 2017. Minimum of 4 with a maximum of 6 students. Course details and contact : Lesley Rogers -  0429 934 346 - email :

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


Tony Angel is conducting a course on red hide whip making over the weekend of 8th & 9th April 2017. For further details contact Tony on mobile : 0428 421 015



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