Many stories about wood will come to life at the third annual Illawarra Festival of Wood planned for Bulli Showground on October 12 and 13.
Following the success of the inaugural festival when 3800 people attended in 2017 organiser Suzanne Montague lodged a DA to hold the event for the next five years.
"It exceeded our expectations the first year. I was so suprised," she said.
The decision to continue in 2019 proved a good one with 4500 visitors attending the second annual Illawarra Festival of Wood.
"If we can get 6000 this year I will be very happy," Mrs Montague said.
"Everyone loves the whole idea behind it. One of the attractions this year will be a chainsaw carver from New Zealand".
Workshops, exhibitions and performances are all planned for the October festival.
Mrs Montague said a program of events is now available on the Illawarra Festival of Wood website along with early bird specials. She said some of the world's most respected artisans with a love for wood will showcase their skills and creations at the family friendly event.
Those attending will also be given opportunities to have a go themselves.
Mrs Montague said people enjoyed a chance to observe and appreciate the skills and craftsmanship of those who work with wood. She said the annual festival is also a chance to teach the next generation the value of such a sustainable way of creating goods.
She said this year's festival will include some of the world's best spoon carvers, knife makers, traditional tool makers, timber surfboard makers and wood-turners.
There will also be an opportunity to see some of the finest jewellery, floristry, sculpture, chainsaw carving, crafts and timber milling. As well as talks on forestry and wood-related industries.
Mrs Montague said one of the new things being added this year is a coastal woodwork furniture exhibition.
She said Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury is opening it on the Friday night. It is all furniture made by Illawarra and South Coast woodworkers. My husband has started an association.