Guild needs new home
Wood art is looking for a new place
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 www.ggw.org.nz
Geyserland Guild of Woodworkers members (from left) David Carter, Jon Parker, Dave Johnson, Arthur Evans and Leith Gray