Before the fire
members gave workshop talks on a regular basis ,to the
membership about all sorts of topics relevant to the safe
operation of equipment in the work space as well as tips on
the use of the many machines ,hand tools etc and how to
Hand Tools - planes and spoke shaves
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 as well as
spoke shaves and educated the members on their use and
All of these tools
were badly damaged/destroyed, by the extreme heat of the
fire. However due to the expertise and patience of a
few, very skilled members, many have been re-birthed.
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 their projects.
So far this year the First Aid Officer, Susanne Page,
has given instruction on what to do for a wound,a burn and an
When the Guild took delivery of the AED that was purchased
with a donation from local clubs Susanne gave a talk to
the members of the Guild as well as representatives of MATAMA
and the Gold Rush Colony workers.
With the help of a 'Resusci Ann' and Michael Barkley, Susanne
explained what AED stood for,what it does and when and how to
By the end of the talk those present decided they could do a
pretty good job of assisting someone experiencing a cardiac
The AED was secured to a common wall in a space shared by the
Woodcraft Guild and the MATAMA members.
Workers of the Gold Rush Colony and the general public had
access to the AED if needed.
This valuable piece of equipment was in a space that was
locked up when the colony is not operating.
Unfortunately this too was incinerated.The club will need
to replace this resource when we have our new premises.