Woodworking with vision loss

VisAbility has joined forces with international award-winning furniture and lighting designer Duncan Meerding (link opens in new window) to bring you a woodworking workshop with a difference!

Duncan working with wood in his woodworking studio.
Duncan Meerding working on one of his lamps. Picture: Supplied

About Duncan

Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Being legally blind with less than 5% of his sight remaining has influenced Duncan’s sensory approach to design.

His work combines traditional hand-made techniques, modern manufacturing technologies and small-scale production. Sustainability and care for the environment are present in every step of the design making process.

Woodwork beyond sight

This six-week course will allow you to learn how to use hand woodworking tools and techniques. Working with locally sourced wood you will make your very own box to take home.

Specifically tailored for those with low vision or blindness to learn tactile woodworking techniques, design basics, tool usage and workshop safety.

No previous woodworking experience required. Sighted volunteers will be on site to assist participants as required so join Duncan on this journey.

Workshop details

  • When: Starting on 3 October 2020, Saturday workshops for 6 weeks
  • Where: Shed 1, 45b Burnett St, North Hobart, Tasmania
  • How long: 10:00am – 3:00pm (4-hour session with breaks included)
  • Cost: $360
  • Contact: VisAbility, 03 6232 1222, or email Vaughn to register your interest

We are looking for expressions of interest from people who are blind or vision impaired who would like to participate in the workshops and who can commit to attending all of the sessions.

VisAbility have a range of group programs on offer. To find out more contact our team on 1800 484 333.