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Men’s Sheds Members Visit Modular Factory

Men’s Sheds’ are social groups or enterprises set up in local communities for the benefit of men who would normally spend large amounts of time alone.

The idea originated in Australia and was developed by the health board to tackle growing concerns of social isolation amongst the male population.

They found that boredom caused by retirement, unemployment or long term illness could manifest itself in declining mental health.

Sheds spread to Ireland and then the rest of the UK – which now boasts 500 sheds at the time of writing.

Men’s Sheds bring together men with skills in a variety of areas to learn from each other, socialise, enjoy days away and share a meal. ‘Shedders’ can be artists, collectors, carpenters, archers, story-tellers, amateur radio enthusiasts, train spotters and model makers.

Anyone is welcome – and any interest, skill or project is given equal consideration, especially if it could attract new members or gain valuable income to support the development of the group.

Two members from a shed local to the Wernick Buildings factory originally visited to collect off-cuts of timber for their woodworking shop.

The guys were so excited by the facility that a tour was arranged for the whole Maesteg group. Eight Men’s Sheds members were shown the inner workings of the modular building factory, with the Wernick Buildings team remarking that the group was “the most enthusiastic, inquisitive group witnessed on a factory tour”.

John Gates, Men’s Sheds Maesteg Chair commented: “I think we were all impressed and surprised. We all had the wrong idea of the type of buildings you produced. Some of us were brought up in prefabs after the War or saw the classrooms that our children were taught in, hot in summer and cold in winter. We were impressed with the method of production and the quality of the workmanship. Thank you again for arranging such an enjoyable visit.” 

Garfield finished his waistcoat and is proudly showing it off:

ShedQuarters Members photo pages.

Loss of our friend Roger

I expect that by now most of you would have heard of the death of our friend and member Roger Akerman. His very quick, dark humour will be missed. He had a way of saying things that were at the same time dark but funny. He had a way of bringing you down to earth by cutting across your argument but he would not just point out where you were wrong but also come up with an alternative.

He was someone who cared about our shed, our members and what our shed stood for. He worked hard behind the scenes with his wide range of contacts and worked hard to bring in new members for the shed. His common sense, advice and enthusiasm will be missed by us all.  

Roger was a founder member of ShedQuarters and served as Treasurer for the first two years, until his health started getting the better of him. He helped cook our food and sometimes stepped in to cook the whole meal when Les was away.

His funeral service was held on Monday 18th March, 2:00pm in Saron Chapel Nantyffyllon. Followed by a service at Coity Crematorium, Bridgend, at 3:15pm. The reception was held at the Harlequins Club, Maesteg.   

 

If anyone missed the meeting last week you missed a marvellous dinner. Les and the boys out did themselves. There was so much, well cooked food that we did not leave the table until we were stuffed. The only shame was that there were so many missing. But we enjoyed it

Well.... After Colin had tripped the fuses in the main room so there were no lights and, more importantly, no electricity for our tea urn, he decides to do a talk on fly fishing. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything was hunky dory until Wayne came into the mix, we all know what Wayne is like, apart from being grumpy and cantankerous, he has no idea about fly fishing or safety. Colin showed him the technique a couple of times and was walking out of the way when Wayne decided to try out his new found skill, and hooked Colin fair and square.

Colin wriggled and struggled, much to our amusement, but Wayne was too strong for him and he landed a fine catch.

Next week Colin is giving a talk on chain saws, I don't think I will attend that one :-)

Lathe Tuition - Spindle Turning

On the 4th October, Dave, a local wood turner and friend of our leader, John Gates, kindly came to give our Shed some instructions on safe turning techniques.

He guided us through the aspects tools, lathe parts and spindle turning then courageously let us loose on our Axminster lathe. In the video you will see Les, John and Garfield having a go. Once we have go spindle turning under our belts, Dave will be coming back to instruct us how to turn bowls, our bowl gouge has been ordered.

If anyone knows where we can get cheap hardwood for our shed to learn with, please contact us.

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Dave Lambert, our tutor for the day, founded the Bridgend Wood Turners Club. He is in great demand and demonstrates turning in shows and exhibitions throughout Wales, including the National Eisteddfod. Like many of us, Dave's first experience of wood turning was at school, he developed that interest and is now an accomplished wood carver.