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.