Woodwork classes in Sydney at Heartwood Creative. Learn woodworking skills with Stuart Faulkner and our talented team. Create beautiful objects and furniture in wood. Master traditional hand tools and woodworking techniques.
Stuart's career in woodworking began in 1997 after graduating from the Sturt School for Wood. Up to that point he was a partner in a successful design agency.
On graduating from Sturt, Stuart enthusiastically embraced his idea of the "artisan lifestyle". He joined the Splinter Workshop, made a workbench and began making commissions and furniture for exhibition with his revered hand tools. Stuart was saved from becoming a starving artist when he was invited by Wood School Director, Tom Harrington, to develop and teach courses for Sturt's new short course program. Some of the courses he developed were Tuning and Sharpening, Make a Workbench and the Dovetail Tool Caddy.
In 2010 Stuart returned to Sturt to follow in Tom's footsteps to become the Full-time Director of the Wood School. Along the way he gained a number of professional teaching qualifications and was Head Teacher of Furniture and Product Design at Lidcombe TAFE. During that time he had the privilege of teaching and mentoring many promising furniture and product design students as well as working with some truly inspiring teachers.
Returning to Sydney in 2013, Stuart started teaching recreational woodworking classes under the banner Sydney School for Wood. At some point a colleague remarked that a business name should "reflect your values, communicate who you are and what you stand for". After some head scratching and research, Sydney School for Wood emerged as Heartwood Creative Woodworking.
When Stuart is not in the workshop he is: sitting in a cafe making "to do lists", reading woodworking books, watching woodworking videos, designing woodworking courses, thinking about having a day off so he can read more woodworking books!
2013 TAE40110 Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
2008 TAA40104 Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
2007 Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training
2002 Certificate III General Construction Carpentry - Housing
1997 Certificate IV in Fine Woodworking - Sturt School for Wood
2010 Winner "The Green Design" Sydney International Furniture Fair
Member of Woodworkers' Association of NSW
Studio Woodworkers Australia - general member
Nikolaus (Nik) Teply
Nik is a classically trained European master cabinet maker having studied in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He later undertook studies at the acclaimed Goering Institute of Restoration and Conservation of Wooden Objects in Munich to become an accredited furniture conservator and restorer.
Nik has an impressive track record having worked for some of Sydney’s leading antique dealers and furniture restorer’s including Original Finish. He opened his own business in 2002, providing specialist furniture restoration, conservation and repair services for professional and private clients.
Nik uses traditional and modern techniques in his practice with a strong focus on hand skills and his work can range from period pieces to Mid Century modern furniture and objects.
1988 schulen fur holz und gestaltung in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (equiv. Cert IV Cabinet Making)
1995 Goering Institute e.V. in Munich
Member of Woodworkers' Association of NSW
Ben completed formal woodworking studies on the 1 year Certificate IV Furniture Design and Technology course at the Sturt School for Wood in 2012, achieving the Australia Decorative and Fine Arts Society Young Artist Scholarship in the same year.
Ben opened his own business following graduation and received further hands on experience working for re-known Australian woodworker Leon Sudubin at Leon’s workshop in Gerringong, NSW. Ben’s furniture has been featured in numerous magazines and shown in a number of exhibitions around Australia, including a solo exhibition at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery in 2013.
Ben has extensive teaching experience and his current “day job” is Head of Workshop and full-time Design and Technology teacher for a prestigious Sydney school. Working alongside international teachers, Ben led a summer school course at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in NZ.
2012 Certificate IV Furniture Design and Technology - Fine Furniture Making - Sturt School for Wood
2012 Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
2011 Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Design and Technology - University of Newcastle
Member of Handkrafted
Studio Woodworkers Association - general member
2013 Australian Timber Design Awards: Finalist Timber & Joinery, Finalist Rising Star Award
2012 Australia Decorative and Fine Arts Society Young Artist Scholarship
When Ben is not in the workshop he is: on the golf course, at the beach, spending time with his young family and sometimes reading woodworking books!
Dominique Le Grand
In 2013 Dominique decided he wanted to become a professional furniture designer/maker. In the same year he signed up for classes at Heartwood and undertook the Certificate II in Cabinet Making at the Centre for Furnishing Trades, Lidcombe College of TAFE. The Certificate III followed and in 2016 Dominique was an “Apprentice of the Year” award nominee. Dominique completed his apprenticeship with a large Sydney joinery company and now works fulltime for a local bespoke furniture maker. He is a senior instructor on the 8x8 Intro Series courses.
2015 Certificate III Cabinet Making – Furniture - Lidcombe TAFE
2014 Certificate II Cabinet Making – Furniture - Lidcombe TAFE
2014 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences - University of Sydney
Member of Woodworkers' Association of NSW
When Dom is not in the workshop he is: enjoying time in the great Australian bush camping and walking, spending time with his young family. And sometimes reading .... woodworking books!
Donna starting furniture making as a hobby when she signed up for classes with highly esteemed woodworker and woodwork teacher Richard Crosland in 2012. Realising her passion for woodworking, she went on to gain qualifications by studying a Certificate II in Furniture Making at Lidcombe College of TAFE and upon completion of that a Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture).
Donna volunteered at a private boy’s high school as a Technical Assistant to gain more hands on experience during her TAFE studies. She joins Heartwood as a teacher and workshop technician.
2014 Certificate III Cabinet Making - Furniture, South Western Sydney Institute TAFE
2013 Certificate II in Furniture Making, South Western Sydney Institute TAFE
1996 Chartered Accounting Certificate, Institute of Chartered Accountants
1992 Bachelor of Economics, The University of Sydney
When Donna is not in the workshop she: can be found rock climbing, playing tennis, surf lifesaving or working with her four boys on their individual projects!
Arjuna is a luthier with over 20 year experience. He designs and makes custom guitars for commission and specialist outlets in Sydney and for a number of years shared his knowledge teaching with respected luthier Gerard Gilet. His skills and conservation work are also highly sought after by those looking to repair much loved and often very precious instruments. A wood machinist by trade, Sydneysider's will recognise Arjuna as part of the friendly and knowledgeable team at our local timber yard, Anagote Timbers.
When Arjuna is not in the workshop he: is burning the midnight oil in his shed, or spending time with his young family.
A local furniture maker, Sebastian works within a small team for a long-established family run furniture store in Sydney’s inner west. Using Australian hardwoods all furniture is handmade in the Marrickville workshop. Sebastian continues to refine his skills and joins our teaching team in 2018.
When Sebastian is not in the workshop he: can be found watching DVD's, woodworking DVD's!
Usually behind the scenes Carol is the other half of team Faulkner. Carol is course co-ordinator and workshop support person. She looks after our accounts and takes images of our student work and workshop activities and is the best cleaner a workshop could wish for. Carol’s professional background is in accounting but she also studied Jewellery & Object Design at Enmore TAFE and was the scholarship recipient in 2008. In 2010 Carol was the overall winner of the Design Institute of Australia’s Australasian Student Design Award and also winner in the fashion category.
Carol is currently Treasurer for Studio Woodworkers Australia.
When Carol is not in the workshop she is: designing her “ideal vacuum cleaner”, putting together dance play lists to listen to while she vacuums and is learning to carve.