We are a group of hobby woodworkers - men and women - keen to share our love of wood and skills with anyone keen to join us. We live in a land with beautiful timbers and with a long tradition of do-it-yourself creativity. We have been active since 1987 and in any given year we have 80 - 100 members of all ages and skill levels. We have a purpose-built Workshop located at 3 - Cherokee Place - Mount Maunganui in Tauranga which is well-equipped with lathes, bandsaws, bench saw, mitre cut-off saw, buzzer, drill press, scroll saws and all the associated hand tools. Our Carving, Turning, Scrollsaw & Open Workshop Groups all meet each month. On the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1.30pm we have a general meeting plus demonstration & refreshments.Visitors are welcome. Our Guild Brochure defines meeting times, contact details and our annual fees. Men and women are all invited to join us.
The Membership Form outlines the annual fee for nembership, which covers participation in all group meetings plus our monthly newsletter. Partners - active & non-active - may also join for an additional reduced annual fee. Every member is required to sign an annual declaration to abide by the workshop rules. Payment may be made by direct deposit to the Guild's bank account & the completed form either dropped off at the Workshop or emailed as an attachment to the Guild's Secretary.
Members tutor two separate programs in the workshop during the school term for school children learning wood skills. We have done various community projecrs including restoration work for Historic Sites like the Elms Mission Station, and the Otumoetai Pa Historic Reserve. Major events of our year are our annual Scrollsaw Workshop and our Annual November Show / Exhibition, when we put our finished work on display for the Public to enjoy and perhaps to purchase, along with live displays of some of our crafts in action.
Senior Member Jim Sutherland helping a new turner working on one of the lathes in our workshop.
Members working together on a community project for the Dingle Foundation in 2018.
Senior Member Ivan Watchorn teaching Carving Skills.
A Member Club of the National Association of Woodworkers
P.O.Box 9270, Greerton, TAURANGA 3142
3 Cherokee Place