INNISFAIL Woodworkers Guild Inc boasts one of the best woodworking set-ups in Australia, with visitors from all over the nation stopping in and being impressed by their facilities.
Currently, there are under 100 members, with 30 of those active, aged from 13 to those in their 80s. Women and juniors are welcomed.
Members are from Cairns, Tablelands, south to Tully, and include balsa wood grower, Pirrie Sargent, from Daintree.
The club was successful in securing a substantial Gambling and Community Fund grant, which has been used to replace most of the machinery in their shed, due to their old age and the inability to source parts.
Every Tuesday, woodturning expert, Geoff Foley, from the Tablelands travels to Innisfail for the day, where he passes on his skills and expertise.
Members of the public often stop in with work requests, such as rocking chairs, table and chairs, and furniture repairs/replacement.
There is a display room where members can sell their work to the public, as well as a miniature historic display with old woodworking equipment, including planes and drills.
One is only limited by his or her imagination, with members making wooden items such as bowls, fishing reels, pens, toys, cheese platters, chairs, tables, breadboards, and walking sticks.
Their shed is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm, and from 4.00pm to 8.00pm on Thursdays.
It is open all year round except for a two-week break over the Christmas and New Year period.
There is great fellowship amongst all members, who work on different projects, with breaks for morning tea and lunch providing plenty of time for social interaction.
At last year’s AGM, Di Hall was elected as the new President, together with Matt Dyason (Vice President), Melissa Gleeson (Secretary), and Patrick Gilby (Treasurer).
Annual membership rates are as follows: $80 per person, Junior member (16 – 18 years) $45, Temporary (visitors) and Sub junior (12 – 15 years) $35.00, Associate member $25, Temporary (daily) $15, and Special Needs $40.
New members are always welcome and, to find out more, please stop by the shed at the Innisfail Showgrounds during opening hours, visit the Innisfail Woodworkers Guild Facebook page, or contact Matt Dyason on 0401 336 441.
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