Guild needs new home

Wood art is look­ing for a new place

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

The Gey­ser­land Guild of Wood­work­ers is in a bit of a quandary as it looks for a new home, and is open to help from the com­mu­nity.

The guild has been in its cur­rent old scout hall build­ing in Pererika St for about 10 years, and its mem­bers num­bers in the mid 20s.

But it has to be out of the build­ing by De­cem­ber 31.

Pres­i­dent Leith Gray says the Scout Club venue at the Ro­torua Lake­front is to be de­mol­ished, so the Scout Club was look­ing for a new venue and al­ready owns the Pererika St build­ing. They need a big, empty space.

“There are a lot of other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions look­ing for homes at the same time.

“We would not be averse to shar­ing it with an­other like-minded group that shares sim­i­lar skills.

“We could work to­gether on the same premises.”

Sec­re­tary Jon Parker says the guild is in “a bit of a quandary” as they are of­fi­cially a char­ity, and have been look­ing around, but there are a lot of places which are ei­ther cost or size-pro­hib­i­tive.

“We need quite a big space for equip­ment and work­shops that we haven’t been able to find yet.”

He says if any­one has a com­mu­nal prop­erty or leasable shop they would love to be able to ne­go­ti­ate some­thing with some­one.

The guild en­cour­ages all forms of wood­work, par­tic­u­larly turn­ing. The guild’s main source of in­come is from selling its wares at mar­kets and the A&P Show, with a por­tion of the money mem­bers make go­ing to the club.

It has a for­mal meet­ing twice a month, but is open Tues­days and Satur­days for train­ing and to work on pro­jects.

Jon says the guild has a lot of older mem­bers who have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and are happy to help any­one new to wood­work.

He says, as part of de­vel­op­ing their skills, they also do things such as mak­ing wig stands for the Cancer So­ci­ety and toys for Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House to give back to the com­mu­nity.

Leith says the guild has a lot of ma­chin­ery which some peo­ple would not have ac­cess to at home.

“It’s re­ally use­ful for our mem­bers.”

Mem­ber Dave John­son says that com­ing to a place like the wood­work­ers guild is fan­tas­tic.

He says he started at the guild a cou­ple of months ago with a back­ground as an elec­tri­cian, so this was some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent.

The guild is also al­ways keen to have new mem­bers.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the Gey­ser­land Guild of Wood­work­ers go to its Face­book page or

Photo / Ben Fraser

Gey­ser­land Guild of Wood­work­ers mem­bers (from left) David Carter, Jon Parker, Dave John­son, Arthur Evans and Leith Gray

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