Durras Community Hall
food is always the highlight of a Woodie Xmas.
Show and Tell
Even though the Woodies haven't been meeting in the one place
we are still creating!
The Woodie of the year award is in honour of Don Lee. The
original was destroyed in the fire of 2020.
Peter McDowell fashioned a new one.
This year's Woodie of the Year
is Eric Simes who has put in an extraordinary effort
as Secretary since the fires, contacting all manner of
people with regard to donations and grants as well as
negotiating to secure a site for our new shed.
(Our last Christmas at our Mogo Goldfields
The challenge for
2019 was to make a wall hanging out of She Oak slabbed by the members from
timber collected from Belowra.
Many had a
terrible time with splitting and breaking up. Eric reminded
everyone that the first settlers found that it was perfect for
Encouragement award to our new member who has only being doing
wood work since he joined he Woodies.
Left,John extolled the virtues of the mirror made by Dave Smith,
the winner of the challenge!
Although Nick Stone's art work wasn't strictly speaking a
wall hanging, it did hang.
2019 Woodie of the Year
John for his continued mentoring and teaching of members
interested in learning the skills of turning and tool
Woodie of the Year
Don Geeves was
chosen as Woodie of the Year 2018 for his skill and willingness
to breath new live into aging machinery.Don has saved the club
thousands of dollars as well as saving very useful machinery
from the scrap heap.
Don accepted the 'Woodie of the
Year' trophy with humility saying he didn't think that what he
had done was anything special because he loves to fix things.
Barry received a
certificate of Honorary membership of the Woodies for over 20
years of membership.
owner of The Original Gold Rush Colony gave a speech to the
left,Georgina,Maureen Nathan, Bob Kolderie and Maureen's husband Pierre.
So who was the
adolescent who 'rabbit eared' Bob?
The River of
spinners,woodies wives and friends chatted,discussed and enjoyed the
delicious fare on offer. A great day
was had by all!
asked to say what they were bringing, a savoury or
sweet dish in order to achieve a balance. However not
wrote down what they were bringing. In the end
as always, it didn't matter.There was plenty
to eat and some to take away!
with a sweet tooth were spoilt
This year the
Woodies became a part of the River of Art Trail which ran
through all 3 major towns of the Eurobodalla and everywhere in
between.This was our first year and unfortunately a glitch meant
the Woodies weren't included in the brochure which documented
the Art trail and as a result we didn't have many visitors.
The Woodies opened up the workshop for 2 days.
A display of the Woodies craftsmanship was laid out on the
workbench and a few members worked on projects.
Members of the public were able to observe the Woodies in action
and ask questions.
It was decided that
the Guild would have their Christmas get together at the shed
this year as last year's event was so successful.
This latest evolution of
the Woodcraft Guild's work space has been as momentous as the
move to the Goldfields in 2010.
Everyone contributed with either a sweet or a savoury dish and
there were no double ups!
The new deck proved invaluable. The open nature of the new
addition meant that the food was on the same level as the
seating and there were plenty of places to sit.
The weather was superb!
Left - Des Jeffery has been unwell and unable to come to the
Woodies for some time so it was lovely to see him at the
Des was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as a past
president and long serving member as well as recognition of
many years of service with the club .
Special guests Denny Keeler and her daughter Mandy.
One of our most respected and loved members, Arthur Keeler
passed away recently and it was only fitting that some of his
family should be present at the Woodies Christmas gathering.
The Box Challenge
John Clement threw out a challenge to make a box out of one
piece of wood. The wood in question was a length of Pacific
Maple such as that used for door jams. The club had acquired a
stack of approx 900mm long.
As members mumbled and struggled with this most ungainly piece
of wood there was born out of the members' workshops many
and varied ,imaginative and artistic boxes. Art Keeler
would have been most impressed and proud of his former
John was impressed.His challenge was to choose the
This is an amazing box - storage is under the deck!
Helmut Delrieux,the winner of the box challenge.
Everyone took the time to marvel at all the different
styles of boxes and ask how did they do that? Especially
Malcolm's mystery box.
Members have already asked for a new
challenge for next year. Plans are afoot!
Woodie of the Year
This year the task of choosing Woodie of the Year was taken
from the President by the committee because it was unanimous
that this year the honour belonged to Peter Mc Dowell our
Peter's building skill and knowledge and suggestions from
members has seen tremendous improvements in the workshop
layout.Peter has had a cast of thousands willing and able to
execute the plans. Nearly all members have learned new skills
from the experience.
Peter deserves to put his feet up for a while!!
The 30 Year Anniversary Celebration !