This shed was established in a unique way by taking over an existing timber and joinery business that otherwise would have closed. This provided a location, machinery, timber, products and customers. We have since refined and expanded what we do.
We sell specialty timbers, do joinery work, repair furniture, make furniture, sharpen tools, make wooden toys and other products, train members in wood working skills and have lots of fun. Other groups use the shed for art classes, bonsai and lead light classes.
The shed also pioneered air flights to Lake Eyre and Cooper Creek in 2010.
The shed is open 6 days a week. Special sessions are organised for wood turning, wood carving, toy making, a women's wood working group, a group of men with intellectual disability and "survival cooking for single blokes".
We have a weekly lunch that includes each month a presentation on men's health issues. That lunch group plays a role as a sounding board for all proposals and a forum for hearing all requests for assistance of for partnership arrangements.
The shed has grown steadily in membership and in activities as the capacity of our volunteers has expanded. Steady growth and only doing what we can do well is a key principle.
We now enjoy broad community support and no week passes without somebody providing gifts of tools, timber, furniture or other items that we can use or sell.
We are fully self-funding without government support: it is our shed and we decide what programs operate through the shed to our members and men in the community.
Our funding has been "friendly loans" that will soon be replaced by a capital raising. Our products and services are carefully priced and we have a diverse array of revenue sources. That includes fund-raising, used furniture and timber sales and periodic BBQ and other catering services at local establishments and events.
We have a partnership with the Armidale AM Rotary Club to develop a "men's heath program" for Armidale. Planning what this entails is progressing using the guiding outcome the "men should be active in managing their own health and wellbeing"
Shed contact: 02 6772 5899, firstname.lastname@example.org