Health and Safety
As in all organisations
now, the Guild has an OH&S Officer who keeps an eye on
potential safety concerns around the workshop.
Safe work practices and
use of Personal Protection Equipment are at the top of his list!
Personal safety is of primary concern in the workshop and
all members are expected to use the personal protection
equipment available when using machinery.
There is an extensive dust extractor system through out the
workshop. This is a small part of the system protecting the
health of Guild members.
Fire safety in the workshop means having working
extinguishers strategically placed and highly visible.
Morning Tea and Lunch
Morning tea and lunch are very important times to the
Woodies. All machinery must be turned off , everyone sits in a
circle , talks about their projects, the tools they are using or
the state of the world. In winter there's the pig to keep us
warm and the good old cut down drum with our own supply of wood
to keep them going!
Once upon a time slabbed wood was stored just outside the
shed. However this became problematic when the collection of
wood started to outgrow the available space.
The Gold Colony came to the rescue and allocated a piece of
ground where the Woodies could build a roof and store slabs
until they were ready to use. Ralph Vine retired as' wood
keeper' and Paul Freestone took over. In deference to Ralph's
past dedication the new area has been named after him.
Paul has refined the wood collection by naming all the wood and
providing potential craftsmen with detailed descriptions of
The Silky Oak slabs below were from Belowra.
The Woodies have often been offered a tree that has been
taken down. If it is of acceptable quality and type it is
brought back to the Colony for slabbing and storage. The Woodies
have made several trips out to Belowra to collect She Oaks from
the Thompson property on the river. For more on slabbing click here.
For some time it has become quite apparent that the workshop is
a little crowded and more space between machines was needed.
Some reworking of the site footprint was required as well as
re-positioning the machinery within the new space!
Before you start anything there has to be a discussion.
No excuse for not putting clamps away where they belong.
The clubs collection of books have a new home in a much more
accessible place away from the hustle and bustle of the sink!
Is there room for a library chair boys? Perhaps not.Just asking.
With our growing membership the available indoor and outdoor
work space has proven to be inadequate so along with a rework of
the internal spaces and storage an extension to the outdoor work
space has been added.
The new space includes a ramp which is safer than steps for the
per ambulatory challenged. It is also useful when moving large
The space adjoins the lunch area and is a little closer to the
dam and its bird-life.
Congratulations and well done to all who have put in so much
time,effort and expertise.The modifications have been done to a
high standard and not only do they look good but will be
functional for many years to come.
Meanwhile Paul and Nina built a cage for off-cuts...next
Neat and tidy!
Every couple of weeks a member with expertise/knowledge of a
piece of equipment in the shed gives a short talk to the members
about how to use it and maintain it.
On this occasion it was Eric Sime's turn to talk about hand
planes. As a boat builder Eric has acquired expertise in the use
of all manner of hand tools. On this occasion he showcased the
club's collection of planes both big and small and educated the
members on their purpose.
Hand tools in general are a mystery to many however it is hoped
that by showing members how and when to use our hand tool
resources members might increase their skills and the quality of