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Around the Workshop

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!


Wood Storage

 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 their use.
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.

2017- 2018
Work Space

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 items around.
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 season's firewood.


Neat and tidy!

New bench

Members are always looking at improving the work space in the shed. It was decided to move a magnificent solid workbench outside and replace it with a much smaller compact one which included storage space for hand tools such as planes and spoke shaves. As well as that the drill press now has its own stand and has been lowered to make it easier and safer for shorter members who previously needed to stand on a small stool in order to have a clear view of their job.

Finished and ready!

Lunch 2019

This water dragon loves banana. He appears at morning tea and lunch and waits patiently.


Modified:2nd February 2019