It was decided that
the Guild would have their Christmas get together at the shed
this year as last year's event was so successful.
Everyone contributed with either a sweet or a savoury dish and
there were no double ups!
The new deck proved invaluable. The open nature of the new
addition meant that the food was on the same level as the
seating and there were plenty of places to sit.
The weather was superb!
Left - Des Jeffery has been unwell and unable to come to the
Woodies for some time so it was lovely to see him at the
Des was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as a past
president and long serving member as well as recognition of
many years of service with the club .
Special guests Denny Keeler and her daughter Mandy.
One of our most respected and loved members, Arthur Keeler
passed away recently and it was only fitting that some of his
family should be present at the Woodies Christmas gathering.
The Box Challenge
John Clement threw out a challenge to make a box out of one
piece of wood. The wood in question was a length of Pacific
Maple such as that used for door jams. The club had acquired a
stack of approx 900mm long.
As members mumbled and struggled with this most ungainly piece
of wood there was born out of the members' workshops many
and varied ,imaginative and artistic boxes. Art Keeler
would have been most impressed and proud of his former
John was impressed.His challenge was to choose the
This is an amazing box - storage is under the deck!
Helmut Delrieux,the winner of the box challenge.
Everyone took the time to marvel at all the different
styles of boxes and ask how did they do that? Especially
Malcolm's mystery box.
Members have already asked for a new
challenge for next year. Plans are afoot!
Woodie of the Year
This year the task of choosing Woodie of the Year was taken
from the President by the committee because it was unanimous
that this year the honour belonged to Peter Mc Dowell our
Peter's building skill and knowledge and suggestions from
members has seen tremendous improvements in the workshop
layout.Peter has had a cast of thousands willing and able to
execute the plans. Nearly all members have learned new skills
from the experience.
This latest evolution of
the Woodcraft Guild's workspace has been as momentous as the
move to the Goldfields in 2010.
Peter deserves to put his feet up for a while!!
The 30 Year Anniversary
Woodies turned 30 this year. A celebration was held at the
Diggers Rest at the Gold Rush Colony Mogo on 26th
The first president
of the Eurobodalla Woodies was Peter Walsh.
There have been 12 presidents in 30 years.
Chris Birks gave
Audrey Newman a lift to the Diggers Rest from the carpark.
over photographs from the Woodies' past.
Lots to talk about
and a display of craftsmanship.
MC Mark Barraclough directed guests to the food!
after the beverages.
Pam Lee had the
honour of cutting the birthday cake.
Pam's husband Don was patron of the club from 1988 - 2013
and an honorary member form 2008-2013.
The cake,a Belgian chocolate almond cake with mixed
berries was made by Ann Salmon.
presented Peter McDowell with a certificate of
appreciation for being the driving force and energy behind
the extensions to the club workshop.
Paul Biddlestone and Liz Innes each received a momento of
the Bay Soldiers Club ,one of the supporters of the
Woodies and Liz Innes is Mayor of the Eurobodalla Shire.