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Shire Woodworking Club

Shire Woodworking Club – 2017 in Review

The club achieved a lot in 2017, full details below but some highlights were: New kitchen installed at the club; great addition as old one was well past its use by date.  Toy deliveries to the Child Life and Music Therapists at the Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Toys and items plus specific requests Santa Letter Box Community requests Swish table for Vision Australia Community Christmas Toy Give Away to charity: Sutherland Shire Family Services at Jannali   Some great ph[...]

Shire Woodworking Club – January 2018 Newsletter

Shire Woodworking Club – January 2018 Newsletter posted below. Geoff Tong was a deserving winner of the SWC Excellence Award; he makes some great items, mostly turnings. Other category winners were also deserving; one of these years I need to enter something! Numbers of entries have reduced since plank competition entries were excluded. Great turnout for the Christmas lunch, and a great feed. I am in the photo at the back in the left row. Sorry to hear about the death of Bill Lewis; he was very active[...]

Shire Woodworking Club – November 2017 Newsletter

Shire Woodworking Club – November 2017 Newsletter posted below. Good pictures from the Gymea Village Spring Fair; great to see that this was the most successful in the clubs history. Photos of the plank competition winners; not a great one of me!  Another photo of me with two of my pens at the show and tell. Next years maxi day program looks ok, very difficult to confirm in advance.    Good to experience different scroll saws in use; easy to see the difference in the higher priced saws even th[...]

Shire Woodworking Club – October 2017 Newsletter

Shire Woodworking Club – October 2017 Newsletter posted below. Unfortunately 2 long time members passed away in the last month, Alan Davis hadn't been able to make it for a long time but Ray Schofield was only around 2 months ago. Ray was the next youngest member when I joined so I knew him quite well as he was only a few years older than me. His brain tumour operation a couple of years ago seemed to have been a success but unfortunately it returned aggressively.    Newsletter mainly focused on the Plank[...]

Workshop Update – turning, selling & purchasing

Plank Competition I have spent a lot of my time on my Shire Woodworking Club plank entry; but did manage to finish it on time. See separate post regarding the making of the train set below:    Pen Sales Sold a pen out on eBay out of the blue; I had forgot that I had posted pens for sale here and had a moment of panic that I had already sold or given away the pen. Luckily I still had it available. Decided to sell the item on Etsy to myself instead of removing the listing; do not self review as[...]

Wooden train set for Shire Woodworking Club 2017 pine plank competition

This was my entry in the 2017 Shire Woodworking Club pine plank competition: We received a dressed radiata pine plank (approximately 1500mm x 290mm x 19mm or equivalent). The main rule is: There is no restriction on the number, size, type and design of the entry providing it is used to make one or more toys for the Club. It is to be made predominantly from the timber supplied. Quite a while ago I had bought a set of full size train set plans from toys and joys which included all the wheels, axles and[...]

Shire Woodworking Club – September 2017 Newsletter

Shire Woodworking Club – September 2017 Newsletter posted below. Good turnout for the AGM, I am on the toy making subcommittee again.  Good to see that all positions were filled before the AGM; definitely not the case in most clubs. The main committee does a great job and are very committed.   Overview of the years activities; I didn't realise that we had delivered 1193 items to the Randwick Children's Hospital plus the Christmas charity donations. I delivered 10 toy trucks for the club and was persua[...]

Shire Woodworking Club – August 2017 Newsletter

Shire Woodworking Club – August 2017 Newsletter posted below.   Huge 445 items in toy delivery to  the Child Life and Music Therapists at Sydney Children's Hospital on Wednesday 20th July. Good article showing numbers of types of toys plus some items painted by the children. I didn't have any items in this delivery but dropped off 12 wooden trucks at the maxi day.   I am featured on page 8 displaying my stabilised burl turnings of a pen and multiple keyrings.  Some photos of the worksh[...]

Workshop Update – a bit of turning and buying

Workshop Update - a bit of turning and buying Helped out at a working bee / wood clearout at Shire Woodworking club during the week and was able to restrict myself to only bring a small amount home. The PNG Rosewood block has some major cracks so will need to be cut into pieces for turning. The narrow pieces are oak and I am intending to use these in a chopping board (I have not made one yet). can't remember what the branch is but apparently good for turning although has a serious crack so will have to see. The half round[...]