Woodcraft equipment retained

THE disbanding of a group woodworking enthusiasts formed over 30 years ago has provided a current group with a range of valuable equipment and two youth groups with beneficial funding.

The dwindling membership of Kerang Woodcrafters has provided a windfall for Kerang Men's Shed members.

Two former members of the original group, Denis Robinson and Brian Walton, have maintained their woodcrafting interest through the shed group and have overseen the presentation of equipment relinquished when the group disbanded.

Remaining finance totalling about $1200 has been equally distributed between local Scouts and Guides groups.

Kerang Woodcrafters was formed in the late 1980s with about 20 members who perfected their craft and taught others, including some women who joined during the 1990s.

Former high school woodwork teachers Frank Gardiner, Terry Mahoney and Kevin Britten, all now deceased, were key members, along with retired detective, Kevin Dove.

Mr Robinson said that they shared ideas, helped others make wood items and worked in with Murray River Woodworkers, with members at Koondrook, Cohuna and Leitchville. They used to have an annual exhibition where crafted items were offered for sale.

"We gathered equipment over the years, which remained assets of the group, and it was felt that the Men's Shed could make better use of it," Mr Robinson said.

Some of the equipment was installed in the shed some time ago and the donation formalised the arrangement. 

Kerang Woodcrafters have provided work benches, a large band saw, a small band saw, a drop saw, a router cable, pedestal drill and wood lathe.

Storage facilities and a library of woodwork books were also donated.

Kerang Men's Shed co-ordinator, Brett Sambrooks said that current woodworking enthusiasts would benefit enormously from the bequeathed equipment.

"We are very fortunate to be given this stuff and I can assure you that it will be put to good use," he said.

SHARED. Former Kerang Woodcrafters members, Denis Robinson, left, and Brian Walton, both now Kerang Men's Shed members, with shed co-ordinator, Brett Sambrooks.

SHARED. Former Kerang Woodcrafters members, Denis Robinson, left, and Brian Walton, both now Kerang Men's Shed members, with shed co-ordinator, Brett Sambrooks.

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