TURNING TO FUN: Ken Berlin and Bruce Price hone their wood turning skills.
TURNING TO FUN: Ken Berlin and Bruce Price hone their wood turning skills. ROB WILLIAMS

Learning skills and making friends is what club is all about

THE history of woodworking closely parallels the history of man.

Almost since man stood on two feet and started walking erect, woodworking became instrumental in making the tools needed for survival, specifically for hunting and building shelter.

Along with stone, mud, and animal parts, wood was certainly one of the first materials worked by primitive human beings.

As man continued to develop, so did woodworking.

Humans learned new skills and techniques and design principles. Advanced with this new knowledge, woodworking became an art.

There remains demand for hand crafted work such as furniture and arts.

Skilled fine woodworking remains a craft pursued by many such as those members of the Ipswich Woodcrafts Club.

The Ipswich Woodcrafts Club commenced operation in 1988 and has always operated in the widest spectrum of wood activities such as wood turning, wood carving, scroll sawing, pyrography (wood burning), carpentry, instrument making and toy making.

Ipswich Woodcrafts Club president Neal McDonald said they provide an environment full of encouragement and learning.

"You can learn new skills from experienced members or, you can share your skills with others," he said.

"But we are not a 'men's' club as we have almost equal numbers of male and female members." Bob Hannah, the contact person for the club, added that the club was not exclusively for seniors.

"We have a good range of ages in our club from school age to seniors. Not only that, we also offer a wide spectrum of activities that cater for all genres of woodcrafts," he said.

"The club also caters for those in the community suffering from the disadvantage of disability. And teaching is a very important part of our club activities.

"There is no need for skills, experience or to have tools as the club can supply the needs to cater for all levels"

Lyn Keidel, a member of the club and an experienced pyrography (wood burner) worker, said that "it gets me out of the home.

"Our emphasis is on woodcraft and socialisation is essential," she said.

According to Bob if you are thinking about retirement and looking for an outlet to expand your skills then maybe the Ipswich Woodcrafts Club is what you need.

The club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 12.30pm and Friday nights 6.30 to 8.30pm for jewellery making at their club house in Mihi Street, Brassall.

For more information contact Bob Hannah on (07) 3281 1342 or through the web site ipswichwoodcraftsclub.com



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