Once again we have shut up shop due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
People often wonder what we do at the Western Port Men’s Shed.
Members are welcome and indeed encouraged to bring their own projects to work on at The Shed and are also encouraged to participate in community projects such as building useful items for local charities, pre-schools, primary schools, kindergartens, hospitals and retirement centres among others. As well, The Shed is happy to make ‘one-off’ special items for disadvantaged members of the local community. Most Men’s Shed activities are conducted on the premises.
Projects that members may wish to undertake are limited only by their imaginations although, due to space limitations, excessively large projects cannot be accommodated. Members have made rocking horses, billy carts, tables, stools, bread & cheese boards, BBQ trolleys, mail boxes, doll’s houses, wooden trains and many other toys (see our Shop page). Some members have turned out beautiful timber pieces on lathes, while others have crafted jewel boxes, statuettes, and chess sets. The list is endless. The one thing that members would appear to share in common is their enjoyment of doing things in the company of other men.
As a means of raising funds for raw materials and workshop consumables, The Western Port Men’s Shed members are encouraged to make items that can be sold at community markets, fairs, shopping malls and so on.
The Shed is supervised at all times by suitably qualified personnel, and there is no requirement for members to have any previous experience in using the tools or equipment. Appropriate work safety practices are enforced, and tuition on the use of all equipment is provided as needed. Members must show they are fully capable of safely using a tool or piece of equipment before being allowed to proceed unsupervised.
Our new shed at 45 Sudholz Street, Bittern is almost complete.
(See our “News” page for building update.)
We are looking forward to relocating as soon as allowed.