Saturday, 23 October 2021

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NOVEMBER 13 - 28

Watch this space for details




from Santa's home workshop

a selection of little boats available to you 

for your Christmas shopping spree

with hopefully more designs to come from

Santa's  woodworkers guild workforce,
so better check it out early.


TOY MAKING: Saturday & Sunday,

 9 & 10 October:


Toy making weekend - it will be great to have as many members on deck as possible to join us in making a heap of toys prior to our annual exhibition and for pre-Christmas sales so please make an effort and join the Santa club 😁


Firewood Sale on now !

 Yes indeed it is still cooler down South and this might be the right time to stock up on a stack of dry kindling and / or firewood for now or next season perhaps while stocks last.👀

Available right now from our club rooms

Box of kindling is $12 a box and bags of firewood 6 bags for $30

Or a surprising modest $6 a bag.

Open Saturday and Wednesday 9.30am - 2.30pm.

Look for the signs out bottom of Mary Street.

Beside Harvey Norman on the reserve.

This is a fundraiser for the club to desperately replenish our funds thank you.


Have a cosy one this beautiful spring,

 may need an extra blanket too.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Annual Exhibition Woodworkers Guild


Another one of our very popular yearly exhibitions will be mounted at our fantastic clubrooms.
This is a venue not to be missed where we show off our woodcraft skills at all levels from beginners to pro's.
A great opportunity also to have a browse for that exclusive Christmas present which are all made from wood as you can imagine and beautifully handmade.
A good range of gifts for sale from toys to more exclusive items. 
The sales of woodwork is also available on Wednesdays and Saturdays during opening hours.
During the exhibition there will be some members available to show you around the great workshop facilities and perhaps you may be tempted to become a member also at some stage and learn a new ( woodworking ) skill.
We are expecting a good turnout of the public because it has been popular in the past and the admission is free so .. see you there at 5 Mary street just behind the Harvey Norman store.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Post Covid-19 newsletter

We are opening again!

The Committee has decided the Guild’s clubrooms will open on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020  with some new rules for you all to follow. And thereafter the normal Saturday, Monday and Wednesday hours will follow.

The rules are  as follows:

All members must fill in the sign-in form and sign the special COVID-19 form. The sign-in form is in the usual place and the COVID-19 form will be located in the dining room area on the main desk. Members must fill in these forms and adhere to the following:
¨  We must maintain social distancing of 2.0m where possible.
¨  We must ensure that all members sign in for contact tracing.
¨  We must provide hand sanitizer, paper towels and rubbish bins lined with plastic bags for easy disposal of paper towels.
¨  We must spray switches at start of day - by that I mean light switches and tool switches. 
¨  If a member is sick they must stay home or away from the clubrooms.
We recommend that  members  provide their own masks and gloves and the choice on whether you wear them or not, is yours.
A lot of our members are in the ‘at risk’ age group or have an underlying health issue  so we must all follow the rules.

Lunches—use of kitchen

All members are to bring and  wash their own utensils - the  preference  is  to  take them home for washing. Milk  can be supplied and shared if so desired by the members or you can bring their own.

Dining Room—layout 

Members will need to maintain social distancing at the tables.

Annual General meeting;

As per the last newsletter the AGM will take place on the first Wednesday in July - this is 1 July 2020 at 7.30pm at the Clubrooms.
Nomination forms have been sent out on a previous newsletter -  please decide what you can do to help  run the Woodworkers Guild. 


It has been decided that we will cancel Edenview this year  but will look at next year.

Funding opportunities

Please get your thinking caps on for any  ides that may assist the club with funding for the coming year. We do sell firewood and timber and have toys for sale but let us all think what else can we do for funding. No idea is a silly idea and all ideas are welcome.


  The  subscription shall remain at $60.00 again for the coming year. The committee was of a mind to increase the subscription to $70.00 per member per year  due to the ongoing costs of maintaining our building but given any subscription  discussion needs to be discussed at a general meeting there is no opportunity to discuss this under the current situation. 

Fairy Doors

It seems so long ago that we had a competition to make fairy doors for the Council’s Parks department.They required 11 fairy doors and we all made 17  - so they will have spares.The winner with his very  fancy red door fairy door was 
David Wiseman.
Congratulations and well done David!

Roof replacement

I have instructed Tim Yeo Contracting to replace the 2 rooves and the internal gutters. Other quotes are on hold due to lack of funds - these are the fitting of external spoutings and  fitting of plastic spouting. Timeframe is some time in June / July / August.


Subs are due as per the last newsletter - please ensure you fill out the application form in full.

Simon Tonkin


AGM– Clubrooms 
Wednesday, 1st July 2020—7:30pm


David Wiseman's winning entry.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Travel snippets North Island

Perhaps now we are all locked in our homes for most of the time I thought that you might like to read a story about my travels to the North Island so here it is....

Made it just in time home  from Hamilton, before the big lockdown, where my wife and me spend 2 weeks at my sons place which was great indeed.
We've taken the opportunity also to travel the eastcape where we've been before once only an enjoyed that so much that we wanted to go back again. 

This was also an opportunity to dust off my camera once again to create some more memories about our family and the environs of the east cape.
And so it happened that we found ourselves in the Hukutaia domain about 8km from Opotiki where there is 4.5 hectares patch of native bush remnants with a major highlight a massive Puriri tree which is believed to be over 2000 years old.
TAKETAKERAU is the maori name for this tree which means so much as the Burial Tree.
The story is that this tree was used by Upokorehe as a place to store the bones of their distinguished dead.
The tree was highly tapu and any interference with the site was a deadly affront to the atua ( ancestral gods ) bringing death to the offenders.
When a storm damaged the tree and exposed the bones  it was decided to remove the bones, by local iwi, for reburial elsewhere.
We were very impressed with the sight of this tree and happy that we did visit this beautiful Hukutaia Domain.

 East Cape lighthouse was also on our little bucket list so after an interesting last 20km on gravel and very narrow in places road we got to the bottom of the hill  in one piece but lo and behold there were some stairs to climb to get to this lighthouse on the top of this rock.
This proved to be a real challenge because this was not your normal stairs but blocks of wood like railway sleepers spaced out nicely with a handrail provided in the bends.

I did not count the number of blocks but I was told there were about 800 of them and indeed it was hard yakka to get to the top with only one seat halfway to take a breather.
Anyway I got to the top and enjoyed the great view so the giant effort was well worth it.
Peter Aalders

Saturday, 29 February 2020

March 2020 newsletter


Remember, we have Kidzone sample toys to design and make for the March meeting.

The rules are that the toy must be able to be put together by children and be made out of 19mm brads. You can include wheels in a toy but they are difficult to make and also need to be fitted usually by parents or woodworker volunteers so if we can design and make a toy without wheels, that would be better.

And the theme for this year’s kidzone festival is ADVENTRE so please put your thinking caps on and come up with a great toy.

Fairy Doors

A number of fairy doors were delivered to the clubrooms for judging and handing to the Parks Department of Council. They will fit them into various trees close to the children’s playground at Queens Park.

What a great variety of fairy doors we made - well done to all.

The winner will be announced at the March General Meeting when Lesley McCoy from Parks will address us.
Simon Tonkin




I think the parks department will be very pleased with this great selection indeed.

Memorial Plaque

A special thanks to Peter Robbie who undertook repairs on two War Memorial plaques. A job of love and absolutely well done! And what a huge plaque - I don’t think the photo does it justice.

Background from Peter Robbie–

The Memorial was in the Hawthorndale Scout Hall of which the Scouts gave me permission to remove. As part of the memorial research and refurbishment, I organized a team to remove it but at the same time managed to secure some funding from Venture Southland via Bobbi Brown for the SWWG to restore.

Peter, Ivan, Linden and I removed the memorial about 14 months ago from the Hall with the Scouts present to officially farewell it.  Over the time, Peter has worked on restoring the Memorial keeping the aesthetics of it.  The borer had done a huge amount of damage and the ornate Memorial required some intricate, precise work. Now that the Memorial is   restored it will be re-dedicated at the Fiordland Military Museum on 29th February. A really special occasion. 

Peter Robbie


A reminder that the Guild has some surplus tools for sale and these have been priced and are on the stage area.
So if you want any of the tools, pay the Treasurer the amount in cash.

As part of selling tools, it was asked whether the Guild has an avenue for selling tools? This was discussed at the February meeting and it was decided that Yes, a member can place a tool for sale on the stage.  The item must have the price and contact   person’s name and phone number.

The Guild will charge 10% commission. This will be an honesty system of course, so if you sell an item then you are to provide the Guild with the commission.

The stage is the place to place any item for sale and this area is a sale area from member to member.

Let us see how this goes as we may use either our face book page or website for future sales as well.

I know that we have sold some items through marketplace on face book and that my also be a place for sales.

Workshop Manager role and member accountability

 At February’s meeting, the role of Workshop Manager was discussed and as part of the discussions members accountability of members was also discussed.  The outcome was that the President would write down, as part of an induction program, member accountability or rather, what is expected from a Southern Woodworkers member’s conduct within the workshop.

Southern Woodworker member accountability

Accountability means answering or being accountable for your actions and results.  Accountability is like rain  - everyone knows they need it but no one wants to get wet.

¨ Each member will work towards the objectives of the Guild as described in the constitution.
¨ Each member will ensure that their work area is kept in a clean and tidy manner and be conscious of other member’s work areas.
¨ Each member shall be responsible for safety of themselves and others in the workshop.
¨ Each member shall leave their work area in a clean and tidy manner at the end of the day - this means ensuring floors and work areas including benches are  free from dust and any waste is  removed from the work area.
¨ Each member shall only use the Guild’s equipment if they have been properly instructed in its use.  If in doubt, ask for assistance. The same goes for a member’s own tools when they are being used within the Guild’s club rooms. If you require assistance, even with your own tools, ask for assistance.
¨ Each member shall assist the workshop manager or a member of the committee when requested and  if able - this request will usually be a verbal request.
¨ Each member shall treat the guilds workshop and tools as if it was their own and ensure that any issues with either the building or any tool is reported to the workshop manager.
¨ Each member shall report a fault on a power  tool to the workshop manager and place an out of order sign on the affected tool immediately the issue is apparent.
¨ Each member shall foster good relationships with other members.
¨ Each member shall clean up after themselves in the kitchen / bathroom areas.

Note:  The intention is to have this member accountability as part of member induction and part of each year’s subscription.  So in effect, ALL members will sign this.


Roof replacement

As the time of writing this newsletter we have signed the contract for the roof replacement but don’t have a date yet as to when this work will  take place. But, as noted in previous newsletters, the work is unlikely to cause any disruption to our normal use of the clubrooms, except that we will need to park away from the building.

Wood burrs

Further to the February supplementary article on wood burrs, Jordan has procured some wood burrs.  These are at the Guild clubrooms and are available for sale - prices are noted on each burr.

So if you want one or two, you can pay the Treasurer.

Guild’s tools and equipment

I have been shown some items that have been placed back in storage in a worse condition than when they went out to be used.  Nail punches that had been ground to what appeared to be a centre punch,  forstner bits that looked like they had been thrown in a fire. They were placed back in the box in a very poor condition, covered in burnt on wood and very black.

Please ensure that you put tools back in the correct place and also in good condition.

The person that gets the tool out next time doesn’t want to spend a lot of time trying to clean or reshape the tool to what it used to be like.

And we all understand that tools get blunt and need sharpening and sometimes you have to manufacture a tool to do a certain job.  But these ones certainly looked like they had been used to within an inch of their lives and put back in a poor condition.

We expect better.  Please treat the Guild’s tools as if they were your own.  Thank you.

Quote of the week

“If you could kick the person responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month”

Workshop report

The workshop is away to a good start for the year with new faces being present especially on Monday nights and this is a very welcome sight. One of our new faces has been trained in wood carving overseas and his skill and production is a pleasure to see even if the style looks different to what we usually see. Unfortunately, as very few of us speak Spanish, communication is a challenge.

Wednesdays are starting to change from looking like a firewood factory to more like woodworking club rooms and this is a pleasing change.  One of the original objectives when the Guild was formed was to encourage an interest in woodworking rather than being a fundraising organisation. Let us continue to pursue that objective.

I was very disappointed lately to go looking for a nail punch only to discover that most of the punches had been sharpened to a point as though some genius had tried to make centre punches from them.   As the centre punches are made from hardened steel all this has done is ruin some of the Guild equipment.   If you are the person that did this, please feel free to replace the ruined punches.

On a positive note, one of our newer members recently bought a plane to my attention as it was blunt and needed sharpened. What a pleasant change rather than going to get a plane or chisel and finding it had been put back in a blunt condition.

Let us continue to follow the original objectives of the Southland Woodworkers Guild.
Ivan Carran

AGM notice    👀

As stated in the Southland Woodworkers constitution, notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be posted to members six weeks before the meeting.

I have taken this to mean the usual way of correspondence is by email to most members and the few that still operate by postal service. This notice will also appear on the Guild’s webpage.

AGM meeting date - Tuesday 5 May 2020

Business of AGM is as follows - Agenda

à To receive a report, balance sheet and statement of accounts for the preceding year.
à Appointment of honorary auditor for the ensuing year.
à Decide any motion of national policy duly submitted to the executive 6 weeks before the meeting.
à Discuss annual subscription and decide on upcoming yearly subscription.
à Nominations and election for officers of the Guild.  They shall be:-
* President
* Vice president
* Secretary
* Treasurer
* 4 committee members

3 weeks prior to the 5th May, you are supposed to receive an agenda for the AGM, notice of motion, annual report and balance sheet with statement of accounts. However, due to financial time constraints this will not occur, financial statements will be handed out on the night of the AGM.

The Agenda shall be as above.  Nomination form is below.

I want to encourage members to be nominated for the officer bearer positions of the guild as new ideas and thoughts are helpful to the continued running of the Guild business.

AGM and running of the Guild

Later this month we will send out notification of the AGM.

This year we will require a new President and Vice President, and some Committee members.  And possibly an Editor, Web master and face book people  - these last 3 positions are not executive members but appointed members.

 So if you think you have skills in these areas and want to contribute to the successful running of the Guild please consider putting in your nomination.

A Club like ours only runs on volunteers doing what they can to assist in the successful running, this year we have the usual exciting projects from kidzone - our major fundraising project for the year to cutting up firewood along with assisting other members get their projects completed  - all very worthwhile projects.

So please  consider what you can do for the Guild.

Simon Tonkin

did you get all this ?

Sunday, 2 February 2020

It's February 2020 already

Happy new Year 

Just another happy new year to the members who have been on a big annual leave and just got back all tanned and ready to roll for another season.

Have you checked the Fairy door story yet and made one or two doors perhaps ? Please Check the story below from last month.
These doors must be completed by Saturday, 15th February and delivered to the Clubrooms.


Our services are requested again this year to come up with a toy that matches the festival theme.

This year’s theme is adventure so please all put your thinking caps on so I can present sample toys to the Great South Committee.

And remember the rules are that the toys need to be able to be put together by children - with parents help and using 19mm brads.

And put together in 5 minutes time.  

( and also no glueing the part (s) )
( a real adventure to come up with a great idea )

Car parking signs

We have had both signs removed - clearly someone wanted them more than us - so we will try fitting signs to the buildings and painting yellow lines on the ground.

Building maintenance

Funding has been received for the roofing replacement, we are a little short but hope to make that up with some of our other fundraising during the year.

A roofer has been engaged and when work is due to start I will let you all know but it shouldn’t disrupt us too much.

The main doors have been reclad - thanks Peter, back door and kitchen to go. Floor mats have been purchased for the bottom of the ramp - this is so you can wipe your feet when you go from the dusty workshop into the more pristine area to eat your lunch. Please be mindful of the mess you make and tidy up after yourselves.

Bread boards

Barry and his team have been very busy making 50 odd bread boards for Ryall Bush transport - all out of recycled rimu - top effort to all concerned.

Exhibition debrief

Bev has prepared some sobering thoughts from last year’s exhibition - we were down on members of the public visiting - 183 people over 17 days - was approximately 350 the previous year. And the Guild made approximately $.... in sales. ( we now how much )

The Committee will need to rethink our advertising as there is a very fine line as to spending on advertising and what sales you make but this is partly offset by the fact that we are not paying for rental space in the centre of town.

Maybe a more sharper time frame and advertising wooden toy sales will draw in the public.

December monthly meeting and January Committee meeting – notes General
 Saw sharpening—see Ross Forester for details.
 Plenty of firewood for sale.
 Workshop safety was discussed.
 Funding has been secured for roof renewal.
 Chopping boards are being made for a local company
 Machining second-hand timber was discussed.
 E Hayes trophy presented to Bev—for best in show.
 Neil King’s motorcycle was awarded the Founders Trophy at Oamaru.
 Ken Welsh presented Guild with a new Battery Drill/Driver set.
 Roofing contractor has been contacted.
 Fairy doors, details in last newsletter.
 facebook pages need an Editor
 Kidzone theme for this year is Adventure, ideas are called for.
 Guild’s wooden toys to be advertised for sale.
 Missing ‘No Parking’ signs to be replaced.
 Repairs to main entrance doors almost completed.
 Guild’s surplus tools are for sale, offers accepted.


The saw bench has been sold for scrap due to poor wiring and unsafe guarding.


Edenview has been confirmed to run again this year on August 14th, 15th and 16th, which is the Friday night through to Sunday.

Entry forms will be available from Peter later in the year.  Mark your calendars.

Workshop Manager role 

As you will all be aware Ivan has tendered his resignation from the position of Workshop Manager.

To date we have not sorted out actually what the duties of a workshop manager are, we no doubt all had our own ideas but we had nothing written down or even a loose agreement except the understanding that someone had to look after the workshop.

So in the interests of starting the discussion I have jotted down some thoughts on what I see should be the roles of a workshop manager.  I should note that I don’t see the workshop manager actually             undertaking all this work as he/she could delegate some of the tasks to members where members agree to undertake some task.

So this is all up for discussion and debate with a majority voting rule.

And probably one of the first questions is—do we require a workshop manager?


Workshop Manager role – duties  

more on this topic when the dust has settled and something has been nutted out after Simon's discussion paper has been read and discussed by committee and members.  P.