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We are a NOT FOR PROFIT woodworking club. We are based in Sydney's southern suburbs.
We have a strong focus on fine woodworking. We make lots of wooden toys, cutting boards and so on
Membership enquiries are welcome. Click on the link below to enquire today.
The Club was formed in 1998 under the auspices of the Triton Woodworking Machinery company. Thus our initial name was Triton Owners Club (Oyster Bay) NSW Inc. In 2010 we changed the Club's name to Shire Woodworking Club Inc.
Initially the Club shared workshop space in the suburb of Como.
In early 2012 we commenced operating in our current premises in Lilli Pilli.
In December 2020 we also acquired the lease for the building adjacent, which we call The Gallery. This building is our meeting room, lunch room and sales venue.
Our committee is elected annually at our Annual General Meeting, usually held in August each year.
The 2023-24 committee is:
President: Ian Rudd
Vice President: Malcolm Armstrong
Secretary: Maurice Smith
Treasurer: Alan Ritchie
Plus 3 other members without portfolio:
Member: Roger Dixon
Member: Graham Ethell
Member: Gary Healy
Most of our members are retired but we are young at heart and we enjoy having a laugh together.
You don't have to be retired to become a member.
We have around 100 members, they don't all attend at the same time (we'd never fit them in the door!)
You don't have to be an experienced woodworker to join us.
We have some lady members and we'd love to have more.
Our members come from all walks of life and have a wide variety of life experiences.
We have aspect of our life in common: a passion for working with wood, developing our skills and contributing to our community.
We have had several major successes. These include:
Replicas of Magnetic Imaging Machines for both Sydney Children's Hospital and St. George Hospital. See the photo opposite
The link below is to a short video that was recorded by the Starlight Foundation (Sydney Children's Hospital)
Saturday: 9am - 3pm (except for the first Saturday of each month when the workshop is used by the Sydney Woodcarvers Group).
Members can attend the workshop at any time when the workshop is open.
You don't need to book.
When you join our Club you don't need to have any woodworking skills. As you are inducted on various machinery items and work on projects your woodworking skills will develop.
For more details please go to Becoming a Member on the navigation bar.
The Club has a wide range of woodworking equipment appropriate for most projects.
Our members perform most of the equipment maintenance.
We have a regular schedule for preventive maintenance on all of our large floor-mounted machinery.
In addition we have a wide range of hand-held powered and unpowered woodworking equipment.
All new Club members go through an induction process before they are permitted to use any of the floor-mounted machinery. Wooden toys are a great way to develop woodworking skills.
Recently we implemented a stronger safety focus; to assist we have adopted a software program Safety Culture that we are rolling out.
The photo shows some of our timber stockpile.
The only timber that we purchase is plywood; we use large quantities of plywood in our laser cutter/ engraver, often making toys for the various charities that we support.
From time to time we receive donations of timber, new and used, that we put into store for future use. Club members can use any of the stock for personal or Club projects.
Each month, we have a day dedicated to making toys. Most of these wooden toys will be donated to one of the charities that the Club supports. A small of wooden toys number will be sold to help support the Club's finances.