Barwon Valley Woodwrights Inc. consists of a group of very sociable, friendly men and women who enjoy working with wood. We also enjoy sharing our skills and knowledge with each other. It is our goal to provide Education, Quality skills and Support in your woodwork endeavors.
In June 1988 a small group of people who shared a common passion for working with wood started the club and named it “Barwon Valley Woodwrights”. They incorporated the Barwon Valley Woodwrights on the 25th of November 1988. The objectives of the club are to Foster, Encourage and Enhance the skills of members. We meet at the Gordon Institute of TAFE in East Geelong. The sessions are from 7:00pm til 9:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. There are no sessions in December and January.
Starting on the first Monday of February, and every second month after that, a general meeting is held to share information with members. At the meeting the members will be advised of any decisions the Committee has made that could effect the club or its membership. Members have the chance to discuss any subjects of club interest. During the meeting, time is set aside to allow anyone who so desires, to show any items they have completed since the last meeting.
On the alternate Mondays where there is no General meeting, and every third Monday it’s a hands on evening. Members can use approved machinery belonging to the Gordon, or our own club equipment. Inexperienced members will be guided in the safe use of the equipment by competent members who have been trained and approved.
Disciplines we undertake in an effort to share our knowledge and experience are – Woodturning, Woodcarving, Pyrography, Furniture Making, Boxmaking, Toymaking and many others. To utilise some of the skills learned, the club will help out with repairs to children’s toys and equipment of the disadvantaged.
We hold an exhibition towards the end of each year where members display and sell their works. The exhibition incorporates demonstrations of woodworking skills and sales by external vendors.