Health and Safety
As in all organisations
now, the Guild has and OH&S Officer who keeps an eye on
potential safety concerns around the workshop.
Safe work practices and
use of Personal Protection Equipment are at the top of his list!
Personal safety is of primary concern in the workshop and
all members are expected to use the personal protection
equipment available when using machinery.
There is an extensive dust extractor system through out the
workshop. This is a small part of the system protecting the
health of Guild members.
Morning Tea and Lunch Morning tea and lunch are very important times to the
Woodies. All machinery must be turned off , everyone sits in a
circle , talks about their projects, the tools they are using or
the state of the world. In winter there's the pig to keep us
warm and the good old cut down drum!
Once upon a time slabbed wood was stored just outside the
shed. However this became problematic when the collection of
wood started to outgrow the available space.
The Gold Colony came to the rescue and allocated a piece of
ground where the Woodies could build a roof and store slabs
until they were ready to use. Ralph Vine retired as' wood
keeper' and Paul Freestone took over. In deference to Ralph's
past dedication the new area has been named after him. A new
sign is on the way.
Paul has refined the wood collection by naming all the wood and
providing potential craftsmen with detailed descriptions of
The Silky Oak slabs below were from Belowra.
The Woodies have often been offered a tree that has been taken
down. If it is of acceptable quality and type it is brought back
to the Colony for slabbing and storage. The Woodies have made
several trips out to Belowra to collect She Oaks from the
Thompson property on the river. For more on slabbing click here.
For some time it has become quite apparent that the workshop is
a little crowded and more space between machines was needed.
Some reworking of the site footprint was required as well as
repositioning the machinery within the new space!
Before you start anything there has to be a discussion.
No excuse for not putting clamps away where they belong.
The clubs collection of books have a new home in a much more
acessible place away from the hustle and bustle of the sink!
Is there room for a library chair boys? Perhaps not.Just asking.
There is still more work to be done!
Watch this space!