Saturday, 21 July 2018

Kidzone 2018

Kidzone report
The annual Kidzone ran from the 11th July through to 16th July 2018. The southland woodworker’s guild again designed and made the wooden toys and supplied the volunteers to run the mega 10 wood work room.

This year we had 2 wooden toys – a clacker or noise maker and a ping pong ball shaker – this was also turned into a basket so in effect we had 3 wooden toys for the children to make and take home.  As usual the wood work room was extremely busy with the full sign out quite a few times during the day. The wooden toys proved very popular again.
My thanks go out to all the guild members who spent time making and packaging the toys and also a special thanks to the volunteers who maned the room – this is a vital part of what we do for Kidzone.

The photos don’t do justice to what the room is really like but think of up to 40 children and their parents all hammering away at the same time but not in unison and you get an idea of the noise. Again this year we supplied ear plugs and it was surprising the number of participants who took them – obviously the health ad safety message is getting through to the kids of today.
The smile of the faces of the children that made a wooden toy and showed what they had done is especially pleasing, I know that people have said to me that they treasure the wooden toys that are made a t Kidzone and they live in their homes for many years.
Some families spent up to an hour in our room making the toys and creating their own toys from scrap bits of timber – imagination, wood and nails can make some amazing things.
The noise in the room again was too much for some people but as we are a safety conscious lot we provided ear plugs for anyone that wanted them. I was frequently asked how you stand the noise – my standard reply was – the sound of hammers tapping away is like music to my ears.

Mind you that response did get me some funny looks and smiles. You know the one – he’s finally gone crazy and we will just back away quietly.  Just as well they didn’t ask how we stand all the children eh.
We ran a well-organized event again this year my thanks to you all.
My special moment of the festival was a gentleman who brings his family every year and always stops and congratulates us on a well-run event, this year he made a noise maker and he and I did a dance with our noise makers much to the amusement of his family.

Simon Tonkin
SWWG President

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Edenview Experience 2018

Edenview is a live in workshop weekend organised by SWWG and held at Edenview near Edendale held most years. In 2018 the date is 17, 18 and 19 August.


Please contact SWWG who will email you a registration form.

Registration closes 6 August.

Costs per head (options)
  • Friday night - Sunday
    • Includes accommodation, banquet and all meals $185.00 pp
  • Saturday - Sunday
    • Includes accommodation, banquet and all meals $165.00 pp
  • Saturday only
    • Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea $60.00 pp
  • Saturday
    • Banquet only $40.00 pp
  • Sunday only
    • Includes morning tea $20.00 pp

Saturday and Sunday programmes start at 9.00 am

The weekend starts with a meal on Friday evening.  Once again, we are very pleased Glenda will be catering and providing excellent cuisine, if the past ‘Southland Experience’ is anything to go by. The Saturday night banquet will once again be one of the main features of the weekend, along with some fine entertainment.  We look forward to your company.

This year’s events will include woodcarving, scroll saw, woodturning etc.; many tips can be learned from these crafts.  The knowledge and skills shared will be vast and varied.  Maybe someone has an answer for you.

If you are able to bring your husband, wife, or partner, we will organise a programme if enough partners are interested.  All you have to do is let us know you are interested in time to arrange transport and venues, before the end of July.

What to bring
Please bring an item for the display gallery.  Also remember to bring your own pillows, sleeping bags or bedding.

The location address is 95 Scenic Reserve Rd, Edendale 9893.

If driving from Gore
Approximately 30 km south of Gore, turn left at the top of the Edendale Hill then 1 km straight down Scenic Reserve Rd and you are there.

If driving from Invercargill
30 km east of Invercargill on SH1, turn right at the top of Edendale Hill onto Scenic Reserve Rd. Travel 1km and you are there.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

July Report from our new President

.President’s Report For July..

Firstly I would like to say it is an honour to be nominated and selected for president of our club. A bloodless coup happened and I am pleased to report the past president Young Barry is still alive and kicking and rearing to go as usual.
I also welcome the members who put their names forward for the committee – these roles can be somewhat thankless but are so important for the future of the club.
A special thanks to 2 outstanding individuals.
Ivan for continuing as workshop manager – his dedication knows no bounds – he is the one that makes sure the machines work correctly and that we clean and look after the building, so this year let us all make his job easy by doing the little things well – clean up after yourselves and yes that includes the dishes in the lunch room.
Remember do not use a machine unless you are proficient in its use. The committee will have a new plan on how we all operate our machines in the future.
The other member who works tirelessly is peter who again has put his name up to be secretary/treasurer, another task that is so important in the running of the club.
Please make sure you thank them both when you see them-
The big project for the last month and also for July is Kidzone. We run the Mitre 10 woodwork room and this year we have done well in making the clacker and shaker box toys. This is our major fund raiser for the year and if you can volunteer please ensure you fill out a Police vetting form and advise me of the of the day or days you can volunteer. Kidzone is at James Hargest Senior School on Layard Street from the 11th -16th July 2018. It continues to be a great event for the children of Southland – not many places you can take your children and have them make a wooden toy and take it home, get their face painted – drive mini jeeps, go to shows, see clowns – eat hot dogs and ice cream and generally have a marvellous time.  
The upcoming projects are to redo the internal gutter and refurbish the main doors and provide veranda covers to these doors – this will involve working bees in the near future. Also we are negotiating with parks and corrections for the construction of stoat traps and bird houses – this is another fund raising initiative that will benefit the wider community.
Our club has gone from strength to strength and it is only because we all generally care about what we do and want to help others achieve their goals that make woodworkers what we are. Long may it continue.
Please ensure you come along to the club days and nights and enjoy the wonderful facility that we have.

Simon Tonkin.

A big thank you also to all members who worked hard towards the completion of the kitsets for Kidzone 2018 well done you guys and gals  :)

Peter Aalders

Friday, 8 June 2018

Cutting wooden threads

SWWG members Ross Nicholl and Ray Larsen demonstrated the cutting of wooden threads at the June club meeting. Members were shown how to cut threads with a wood lathe and with hand tools.

The photos were taken by Jorge Hernandez

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Kidzone 2017

Members of the Southalnd Wood Workers Guild attended Kidzone in July 2017. They staffed an activity room for kids where they made wooden toys.

3.000 kitset toys were made by the Guild in Autumn for Kidzone.

The team of volunteers were led by Guild Vice President Simon Tonkin.