Saturday, 4 May 2019

newsletter May 2019

Following is extracted from the newsletter of this month just to keep you in the loop if you have misplaced your newsletter or deleted accidentally or otherwise.
Some of the not so relevant info from the newsletter has been skipped :)

Presidents report ;

We have Kidzone coming up and I have been discussing what toy we will make for this year’s festival – so look out for news on when we will hold a working bee. Again this year we will be using a production line to cut and package the toy but first I need to get final approval for the toy and then approval for the costings for the materials before we can start.
Kidzone is an important part of our fund raising so please try and assist in this worthwhile project.

Work on the guild headquarters is continuing with the library being relocated slightly to make better use of the space in the room, the cool store panels have been sold and removed and work continues on making this a storage room for timber – this should free up more space in the main work room to allow even more lathes to be fitted and free up some space around the machines. 
The verandahs at both ends of the building look good and provide a bit more weather protection.  
My thanks to all these members that have been so giving with their time to complete these projects. 
With the weather turning colder it is time to come down to the guild on Mondays and Wednesdays to utilize the equipment to make a special project , don’t forget we will have our annual exhibition again in November this year and we would like to see all members putting some articles in , it doesn’t matter if you are a learner or an experienced wood worker – all exhibits show case your skills and the variety that we have had on previous years certainly shows the diversity that we have in the membership.

In conclusion I wish you all time in a warm workshop and I hope to see you all at the next working bee for Kidzone

Simon Tonkin.

Member reporting on "drive 4life " held on Sunday 24th February 2019

Invercargill’s inaugural Drive 4 Life was attended by Steve Woller and David Wiseman who represented the club and tried their hands as toy salesmen. The day itself appeared to be sparsely attended in general, with maybe 40 people passing the SWG table during the 6 hours or so that they manned the booth. Word on the day put the low turnout down to the event clashing with the Mandeville Steam Festival and Fly In, as well as it being the first year for the event which has yet to gather a strong following. Steve and David took one table, several boxes of toy trains, and a small amount of cars. Steve also brought along some table dressing in the shape of projects he had completed at the club and a bag of shavings. David brought along three shop aprons which were hung on the front of the table in lieu of a sign. The boys didn’t have a great deal of luck on the sales front, with no completed sales on the day. They did manage to set up an order for a 4 piece train set to be sorted in the next few days (At the time of writing I am unsure if this sale ended up being completed). Dave and Steve also gathered some excellent leads for future areas where the toys may be sought after. One preschool worker expressed excitement at the price of the toys and noted she would pass on the clubs details to her employer. Another noted that the Montessori style preschools may be interested given their movement back to more natural toys and products. There was also some positive feedback on the set up, with some unsolicited compliments on the artfully placed shavings. A number of people expressed an interest in woodworking were given application forms containing club details. These were both male and female and ranged from 16 to around 40 years old. The 16 year old was told that members need to be 18 to join. This young lady has since visited the club and there has been some discussion as to her attending so long as she brings an adult with her. During the down time, a number of ideas were discussed for improving future outreach at other events. Chief amongst these was the possibility of acquiring some signage to attract punters. The feeling on the day was that our lack of signs made it unclear who we were representing or that we were not just selling toys. Good signage could help with soliciting members as well as sales. There was also some discussion that toys only may be a bit limiting at a family event. If it is possible to have additional items for sale, boxes and bowls, or other items from the clubrooms that are available for sale. This would open up the potential customer base to those with older or no children. The booth next to us had an activity (the nail balancing trick) which was a good draw for their table and gave us pause for thought as to what could draw more people to a woodworking sales table. Whether some form of demonstration or activity would be appropriate and workable might be considered for future events. The event was free to attend so there was no expense required by the club. As the first outing of this kind that Dave and Steve were aware of, it seems to have been an acceptable exercise. There is certainly much that we could do better next time and much to be learnt from it.
Steve Woller. ( thanks Steve for your excellent report )
Editors ( personal ) notes ;
Sorry about the delay but things are not going plan at present as I am doing this with one hand as the other arm is on holiday, but will come right. While I have been on restricted mobility I have done a lot of recollecting and thinking and suddenly realised I have been a member of the Guild for over thirty years now and what an enjoyable time it has been and how things have changed during that time. I remember being introduced to the Guild, by Peter Aalders who was tutoring wood turning at Southland Polytechnic night classes, and told us of a club day. I went along for a look and spent all Saturday learning how to sharpen turning chisels. Not content with my effort I then spent most of Sunday with Roy Neilson, the first secretary, continuing the training. I think this was time well spent and taught me to learn basic hand techniques before moving to machines. I believe learning to do something by hand before moving to a machine is good practice unless your desire is to be a machinist. I have spent most of my time as a guild member on the committee, filling the President’s chair for two times, acting as secretary during times of illness, being editor for too long and filling the roll of workshop manager in recent times but the most rewarding time for me personally was being made a life member. I think of all the times and stories and ideas swapped at the various weekends away on the pretext of woodworking. The fascinating people that I have met and the visiting demonstrators that have stayed with Lyn and me have been really great. I think the most exciting time for the guild has been the buying of our own club rooms and this has given us more room and freedom to do our own thing. As the club is now the owner of the rooms we must be aware of costs such as insurance, electricity etc. are very expensive so we must very prudent with our funds and use them wisely. We are very fortunate in having the support of the public and the generous donations of equipment and material so it is no wonder we are the envy of all our surrounding clubs. After such a long time on the committee perhaps it is time for a change and maybe it is time for me to spend more time for Ivan Ivan
Thanks Ivan for reflecting a bit on the club's history, makes me feel a lot older too :)
Peter A.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Tools wish list

There are a number of tools that we as a guild would like to add to our range of tools which we already have and members are invited to submit ideas of additional tools they think are required.
A 'wish list ' have been drawn up so you are welcome to jot down your ideas.

I personally would like to see a new bench grinder with white wheels and sharpening jig for turning tools only.
The use of the jig would make it possible for everyone to sharpen tools the correct way without any trouble so at some stage we can see more shavings flying when turning using these sharper tools and all tools will be sharpened the same way !

Peter A
For your information.

  • Estate tools from Ron Johnson have been purchased
  • Any tools and plant guild has for sale to be offered to members by tender
  • Robert Sorby visit in early June
  • Annual subs due next month ( better start saving now )
  • Otago competition 5th to 7th April (that’s next month ) entries to committee
  • Dated stock of stain varnish has been donated by a retailer so please feel free to use this.

Kidzone 2019

Kidzone 2019 is on the cards again but this time there is no particular design required but and 'open' selection, anything goes as long as it looks like or is a toy which can be assembled by children. ( and their parents probably )
A few sticks of wood and some nails and there you have it..
So please put your thinking caps on and give it a shot to design a simple toy.
Looking forward to see lots of ideas and perhaps finished toys at our monthly meeting first wednesday in April.


Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Our library is very very well stocked with books and magazines, I counted about 50 books on wood turning alone one day and loads of books on carving also.
Some changes are now implemented and when all books are sorted into their cubby holes and order then it will be open to the "public".
When one wants to loan a book or magazine then he / she is required to write down name, title and date on a sheet of paper which is replaced monthly, in a folder on the desk.  So please make an effort to stick to the rules and return the loaned item within a reasonable time.
It is also possible to copy pages if required on our copier.

Just about Anything woodwork related is available from our own library so pick up some books and learn a few new things to keep the grey matter ticking over.

A lot of hard slog done

There are some amazing hard workers among our guild members who miraculously seem to be able, with a lot of insight, fitness and dedication, to organize and re-organize things that need doing.

Thanks to all these efforts we now have a new tool room and that b.. cool room is a goner too.
And I gather I have not noticed all the other 'hidden' things that have changed also.

We are now never short of a hammer again just look at the new display !!

One other item that has been introduced is a mini lathe on a low stand which is designed for persons who are wheelchair bound. Well done again for this initiative to support the persons in a wheelchair who might also like to get a bit of hands on experience wood turning.

Maybe this could also be used by children under supervision of an adult  ??

The workshop looks immaculate and is well used by members on the club wednesday's and monday evenings and there seems to be a never ending supply of wood available which is neatly stacked in racks and available at low cost.

Burt Munro done and dusted

A bit  late perhaps to reflect on the special open days during the Burt Munro challenge and the exhibit we setup for that occasion but I think it was a great effort for all involved and experience gained by doing so.
Maybe next year we'll do it again but I guess we would like to see a better turnout of the public so there need to be some head scratching done before any commitments will be made.

Because of the new setup we now have a more or less permanent display of woodwork and toys for the general public to browse and admire and perhaps buy if they find something to their liking however this can only be done on the wednesday's when the premises are open for the members from about 9.30 until 3pm. 

There is still a good range of items for sale including some great toys.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Bags of firewood FOR SALE

There are a number of bags with firewood for sale at $ 5 each !
Be in quick because they do not last long at that price.

Please buy and collect on Wednesday's only between 10 am and 3pm.

See you there

Thursday, 24 January 2019


LATEST NEWS HOT OFF THE PRESS         by: Ivan / Peter

There will be a working bee/club day on this Saturday 26th and maybe Sunday 27 of this month. An unusual mix you may say but the working bee is to remove unused heaters and chiller plus fit ventilation guards to the vents in the foundations. This task will require drilling 6mm holes in the foundation to accommodate the fixing tappets plus we may have to knock some high spots off the foundations so the grills fit better. Masonry drills and grinder, long extension cords and hammers required. We also need a pick and shovel to clear the vents along the car park.
Ladders and pinch bars required to salvage copper tubing in the building plus if we have suitable ladders we should put our signs on the building. Inside task include mounting the notice board and photo boards plus some shelving in the display area.
Depending on the weather and turnout we may have to complete the tasks on Sunday but that call will be made on Saturday. Depending on turnout and weather there may be the opportunity to use the day as a club day so bring a project just in case.

I guess a certain level of fitness required ? :)

BURT MUNRO special being organised;

Because of this great Invercargill event it has been decided to open  our display / shop area and workshop, for visitors to the Burt Munro races and others interested, so we can show off what we are and what we are doing.

The sales / display / workshop will be open from Monday 4th February until Sunday 10th.
Opening hours from 10am - 4pm

Hands up please from member volunteers to man the 'show' and yes please bring items that you wish to have displayed or for sale thanks.

See you on the 26th of January for a nice workout for your stiff muscles. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Neil Kings storyline about his winning entry

Neil has written a storyline about his bike winning entry and
this can be read if you scroll down the page under the bike picture.