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Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Inc.

History of our Guild & Past Projects

The Guild completed construction of our present workshop at 3 Cherokee Place, Mount Maunganui and moved into these facilities in May 2015.

However, the real beginning of the Guild go back to 1986 when Ken Sager suggested to Jack Bennett that he start a Club for woodworkers in Tauranga. Early the following year Jack placed an advertisement in the Bay of Plenty Times calling for interested people to attend a meeting in the St Johns Ambulance hall, 17th Avenue in April,1987 and so the Club was born. The first elected President was Jack Bennett. In the first year, meetings were held in Lindsay Dunstan's packing shed, Cambridge Road. A change of venue was made to the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in 1988. Then in 1992 we moved to the Bible Chapel in Otumoetai Road, and from there to Clubrooms at Pemberton Park.

Fitout

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Equiment and machinery was installed and the workshop was ready for use in May 2015.

Site Prep.

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Excavation of our current Workshop site got underway in September 2014.

Erection

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Erection & fixing of the frames for Stage 1 began in October 2014.

Internals

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Work on the Stage 1 building internals was underway in December 2015.

Review

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With the building envelope complete members did an inspection.

Toys for Christmas

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We have helped Santa Claus with his production for many years. Toiling away in their individual workshops members have produced a great variety of toys to light up small faces on Christmas morn.

Sawmill Visit

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From time to time members make day trips to interesting sitres. Here are some pictures of a day trip Guild members made to Scotts native timber sawmill at Oropi and then at Graham Keheley's farm at Oropi in 2014.

Otumoetai historic Pa Site Gate Project

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The Guild undertook restoration work of the 'antique' main gate and constructed an associated picket fence at the Historic 'Otumoetai Pa' Site, which is located at the beginning of Levers Road in Tauranga.

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