Woodwork labelled a ‘rewarding hobby’

Great cause: The Hastings Woodworkers Guild president Robert Miles is pictured with a motorcycle intarsia which was made by a guild member to be a raffle prize, with contributions going towards helping those with Huntington’s disease. Hastings Woodworkers Guild president Robert Miles says the group is coming up with ideas to ensure that woodworking does not ‘die out’ as a hobby.
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“I can’t really see it dying out completely because there seems to be people who are interested,” he said.

“I think a problem from where we’re concerned is limitations on the time people have these days.”

He said if people are working, it can be hard to fit in the hobby around their busy schedules.

It would be a shame, Mr Miles said if the group don’t pass on some of their woodworking skills.

Mr Miles has a metal work background, so he sees woodworking as a nice change.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of it andmaking things from wood as it has a nice feel to it,” he said.

There are currently 46 peopleinvolved in the guild, includingfive women members.

Mr Miles said it would be fantastic if more women joined the guild.

He said that every member is willing to help when needed to pass on their skills.

The group is open to people who may not have used tools prior to joining.

“Depending on what skill they want to learn or what type of woodwork they want to do, there is someone there to take them under their wing and show them around,” Mr Miles said.

Regular instructive sessions are run and cover issues ranging from topics of first aid to making a dove box.

The sessions usually follow the monthly meeting on the third Saturday of the month.

Mr Miles said the meetings are also an opportunity for members to show pieces that they may be working on, share ideas and discuss processes of how best to make something.

“The emphasis is on endeavour and accomplishment rather than competition,” he said.

Meeting days conclude with a meal shared by members.

Mr Miles said there’s a warmth and camaraderie which stems from the Hastings Woodworkers Guild, and this is key to making it such a special group.

“It is fun to belong to, is a vital part of the wider community and is a wonderful centre to relax in, learn some new skills and enjoy some fellowship,” he said.

Mr Miles said the social aspect of the group is important, as a lot of members may not have that aspect outside of the guild.

An exhibition of woodwork will be at the CWA rooms in Port Macquarieon September 29 and September 30.

One member John Kowenberg has made a motorcycle intarsia to be a raffle prize, with contributions going towards helping those with Huntington’s disease.

People can purchase raffle tickets or donate through the Facebook page‘Ride for Jeff’.

For more information about the Hastings Woodworkers Guild call 0457 413 201 orvisit the Timbertown shed in Wauchope.

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