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 :)