The Guild has two school programs - Homeschool and Familyworks - which are both run during the school term in our workshop at 3 Cherokee Place, Mt Maunganui by volunteer tutors who are also members and experienced woodworkers. The convenor of the Homeschool program is Doug St George and the convenor of the Familyworks program is Mike Buck. For information contact the Guild's Secretary.
Sessions are designed to provide a project for the students to complete. It gives them the opportunity to experience seeing the beginning, the process and the thrill of completion. Students are involved in creating the pieces of the project themselves, constructing the project and then finishing it by painting, oiling, or adding appropriate decals. Our tutors act a "grandparents" to each student. The "grandparent" instructs the students in the correct and safe use of machinery and appropriate tools.
Every child working with tools must wear eye protection - safety glasses or face masks. The Minimum age for using Hand Tools is 10 years and 12 years old is the Minimum age for using Power Tools in the Guild's rooms.
The Homeschool program is run by Doug St George - 07 5738399 - on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm until 3pm during the school term.
We start them on simple fretwork projects with the Scroll-saw. They then have a go at easy turning on the lathe, producing things like spinning tops. mushrooms and egg-cups. Some go on to more advanced projects.
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Tauranga Woodcrafters have run these Classes for five years. The children enjoy it, the parents appreciate what we offer, and the Tutors ﬁnd it very rewarding.
The Familyworks program is run by Mike Buck - contact 027 5075549 - on Thursdays during the school term: 9.30am until Noon and 12.30pm until 3pm. The program is adminstered, and students are selected, by Social Welfare. The Guild provides the tutors, the workshop and organises the project activities.
Our aim is to give students experiences in a workshop environment, in a one to one teaching environment with a "grandparent" from the Guild.