Open Woodworking and Metalwork Workshop

Start your own creative project in the Castle Workshop space!

Castle Workshop
Castle Workshop
5.0 (10)

5 x 4 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $520 (or 4 payments of $130 Afterpay)

Are you looking for a fresh and inspiring space where you pursue your creative project? Join Castle Workshop's open studio session where you will get the chance to work in a creative space with like-minded individuals!

In these open sessions, you'll get the chance to work on your own project independently or with some guidance from the Castle Workshop team. If you're looking to spend some time connecting with the local arts community or if you want to learn the correct operating and safety procedure for specific machines from a professional then this could be a great experience for you.

You'll get the chance to immerse yourself in an inspiring environment where you can unleash your creativity. It's one of the best things to do in Tasmania for creatives!

Please note:

  • Machines include but are not limited to the Table Saw, Surface Planner, Thicknesser or wood lathe.
  • There is also a dedicated Metalwork area.

Knowledge required
This experience is beginner-friendly, open to any creatives who would like an inspirational space to work in.
What you'll get
  • A group or independent workspace with like-minded people
  • Guidance from a professional wood maker
  • Access to all tools and materials inside the Castle Workshop and demonstration of safe usage if needed
  • Light refreshments (Please contact James if you have any dietary requirements)
What to bring
Please contact the teacher prior to the workshop to discuss what you will need to bring. We recommend wearing casual, comfortable clothes and enclosed shoes.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 5 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.


1312 Nicholls Rivulet Road, Nicholls Rivulet Tasmania

Open Woodworking and Metalwork Workshop location
Your teacher
Castle Workshop
Castle Workshop

5.0 (10)

James Vaughan grew up on the leafy North Shore of Sydney and had a wonderful childhood tearing about the bush reserves and exploring the Lane Cove River as though it was the Amazon.

He attended UNSW in the early 1980s, where he received a Diploma of Education in Visual Art. He majored in Ceramics, with minors in Design & Textiles. He worked as an art teacher for several years and at the age of 26 moved to Hobart, Tasmania where he quickly became involved with the design community.

In the early 1990s, James formed a company with two other makers and created a range of cast aluminium furniture with a strong industrial, Steam Punk, look.

He secured a teaching position at The Friends’ School and in many ways was the architect of that emerging teaching space at this progressive Quaker school. For three consecutive years, students from his senior classes won the top creative award for their work across all the senior colleges in Tasmania.

During these years as a teacher, James spent much of his time driving to Tasmania’s West Coast and sourcing some of the state's most beautiful timber from local mills and salvagers.

His furniture practice very much mirrors his working life. Coming from a visual arts background, his design concerns are primarily sculptural. He draws tremendous inspiration from Architectural form and the wide range of materials and techniques he has spent so many years mastering. Hence his work oscillates from doing extraordinary building work to making unique furniture pieces, to teaching.

His furniture falls into one of two ‘camps’. The first is pragmatic, calm designs that aim to take advantage of the beautiful timber he has access to. The second area involves more creative pieces, typically using a combination of materials and often featuring an intentional ambiguity. Think furniture facades you can play with, or drawer fronts that become invisible when they are closed.

In 2005, James and his wife Kristen purchased 20 acres of fertile river-flat pasture in Nicholls Rivulet, 40 minutes south of Hobart. The property is surrounded by established eucalypt forest and has the rivulet weaving through its centre. He has spent years building a unique workspace and gallery, responding to and honouring the incredible surroundings.

This space is now open to the public! People can visit and take in a breathtakingly beautiful environment, learn the crafts of cabinetmaking and thanks to James’ 30 years of teaching experience, come away from a workshop with some very impressive, tangible results.

More about this class

This teacher has 10 reviews for their other experiences - which you can see here.

This class is also covered by ClassBento's money-back guarantee.

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