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EXHIBITS AND ARTEFACTS

The Museum has a variety of exhibits and a large array of artefacts, all with extensive information about their history, use and importance in the timber industry or related fields.

There is a 28 page Full Colour Information Booklet available at the entrance, this is included in the admission price, plus we have helpful volunteers who are happy to expand on the information. To view everything properly and enjoy a casual stroll around the surrounding grounds you will need at least an hour.

Demonstrations on the machinery working are usually held on Friday Morning but can be arranged at other times for group bookings.

Hargan’s Mobile Buzz Saw

Only a few of today’s retired timber workers would remember how the industry was revolutionised in the late 1930’s by the introduction of the Hargan Mobile Buzz Saw. Orginally designed by Donald Edward Hargan, this particular saw was restored by Will Johns, a Museum volunteer.

The idea of this saw when first engineered was to build a machine rugged in construction but light and mobile enough to enable the operator to fell and cut the maximum amount of timber with the least effort and at the lowest cost. Needless to say, this was an extremely dangerous machine to operate.

Famous Statue by Keith Gall

Silky the Famous Statue

The creator of Silky, Keith Gall, began making hand carved signs in the 90s, this led to him learning chainsaw carving in California.  The statue was created in 1999, is three metres high and weighs in at a solid one tonne. Silky is carved out of silky oak, which is, as many of us know, a native Australian tree. The design rather wonderfully includes twenty-one different Australian birds, animals and reptiles.

Though Silky has made its home here at the Woodworks Museum, since it was donated by its creator, Keith Gall, it has an even greater history. This statue made its first public appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival as site art, where it was nearly sold. After that, it was put on display at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After the Olympics, Australia Zoo also hosted this statue before it took a tour in 2001, being displayed around the region.

Mr Gall says that Silky’s best role, however, was as a major part of the awareness campaign to save the Mary River from the State Government’s plan to build the Traveston Crossing Dam.

After that, it was housed at the Kandanga train station and was admired by Mary Valley Rattler crowds for three years. At long last, in July 2011, it came to rest here at the Museum.

619 year old Kauri Pine Disc

This Kauri Pine was logged in North Queensland in 1939. It measures a massive 2.59 metres in diameter. A cross section of the trunk has been put to ingenious use as an historical chart. Momentous world events over the past six centuries are plotted on the tree’s growth rings.

Alongside the disc is a section of Kauri Pine. This section of timber, measuring 2.4m by 1.2m by 10cm thick, was milled at Tolga Sawmill on the Atherton Tablelands. This piece and the adjoining disc were cut from the same large Kauri Pine logged at Danbulla State Forest.

SAND CASTING

Sand casting, also known as sand moulded casting, is a metal casting process characterised by using sand as the mould material. The term “sand casting” can also refer to an object produced via the sand-casting process. Sand castings are produced in specialized factories called foundries. Over 60% of all metal castings are produced via sand casting process.

The sand casting process involves the use of a furnace, metal, pattern, and sand mould. The metal is melted in the furnace and then ladled and poured into the cavity of the sand mould, which is formed by the pattern. The sand mould separates along a parting line and the solidified casting can be removed. The steps in this process are described in greater detail in the next section.

Moulds made of sand are relatively cheap, and sufficiently refractory even for steel foundry use. In addition to the sand, a suitable bonding agent (usually clay) is mixed or occurs with the sand. The mixture is moistened, typically with water, but sometimes with other substances, to develop the strength and plasticity of the clay and to make the aggregate suitable for moulding. The sand is typically contained in a system of frames or mould boxes known as a flask.

Sand Casting Process

WOODWORKS MUSEUM

8 FRASER ROAD, GYMPIE QLD 4570
07 5483 6535

OPENING HOURS
MONDAY – SATURDAY: 10AM – 4PM

ENTRY FEES
$5 PER PERSON
CHILDREN UNDER 5 FREE