Men’s Shed hosts students for a morning of woodwork
STUDENTS from Wandiligong Primary School got a taste of woodwork at the Bright Men’s Shed on Tuesday morning, swinging hammers and building small box ‘insect hotels’.
Men’s Shed members Ron Ford, Tony Strachan, Milton Miller, Kevin Hancock, and Bill Connolly were on hand to guide the 15 students through different parts of the shed, including seeing a 3D printer in action and a large model electric train set.
Geography and science teacher at Wandiligong Primary School Alex Shaw said the students had been learning about pollination and the roles bees play in the eco system, and how habitat loss was a constant concern.
The finished ‘insect hotels’ could be set up in students’ backyards, to hopefully attract suitable tenants.
“The Men’s Shed have been kind enough to host us,” Ms Shaw said.
“It’s a great opportunity to show some kids an activity that’s not just in the classroom.”
Men’s Shed Committee member Ron Ford welcomed the opportunity to get young students into the shed.
A former school teacher himself, he said it was great to see primary students enjoying the process of building with wood.
“We just want to get kids and encourage them with woodwork and other things like that. Some of them are pretty adept at it already. I think it’s good fun,” he said.
Next year Bright Men’s Shed will celebrate 10 years since the laying of the slab and the construction of their building.
A recent recruitment drive saw another 14 locals join the organisation, which has had its membership swell to over 80.
The shed now has its doors open six days a week, with someone on duty and members free to come in to work on projects and use the wide range of tools available.
“We’ve got so much, there’s nearly everything you’d want here,” Mr Ford said.
“We’ve got a forge, welding, woodturning, woodwork, the computer numerical con- trol (CNC) router. We’ve got so many tools - every sort of saw you’d want - the car hoist is another bonus, not many sheds have a car hoist - and the membership is really great.”
A big fundraising event for the Men’s Shed is the upcoming annual book sale on Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5, at the Uniting Church in the centre of Bright.
Money raised by the book sale and other fundraising initiatives go towards keeping the lights on and the doors open, but the Shed has also received grants from the Alpine Shire Council and the Bright Bendigo Bank.
The Bright Men’s shed is located at 14 Churchill Avenue and can be contacted on 5750 1120.
WORKING AT IT: Wandiligong Primary students Skye Snowdon, Zeke Pywell and Zeke Timbs getting stuck into woodwork at Bright Men’s Shed.