In October I completed a grant application to the RACT for two welding helmets costing $500.
I received the reply in todays mail . We at this time were unsuccessful.
While at my desk I decided to follow up on the TMSA grants round 3 which we also have an application with.
This being for the Kiln and Potter’s Wheel total of about $5000.
Geoff Marsh the CEO of the TMSA has advised that the decisions have been made and a authorising signature from the Premier is the final action. We should have an answer within a week or so.
Keep your fingers crossed we need this one.
Had a productive day in the workshop. Six starters, including Peter. Harry and I put steel tyres on the wheels for the rustic garden seats on Wednesday after returning from the meet and greet by “Helping Hands” This gave us a kick start in the completion of another two of these type of seats.
Kevin informs me that the lady who originally sent her rustic chair in for repair want another one of the same ilk. We have almost completed the three extra seats I planned for and all have been sold.
Ann Claughton purchased the first one, Bev Bell wants the next one off the production line and Kevin’s friend who started all the sequence with the repair of her seat wants the last one.
If anyone want a rustic seat please let me know as we will need to order some missing resources.These seats are labour intensive and are subject to materials at hand and what we can scrounge, they are unique in themselves. I will set up a working crew to replace a set of bush stairs in the wetlands adjacent to the Dover District School. WE have already received the materials. We just need time to do the job.
The one I’m sitting on (I’m the crash test dummy) is for Bev Bell the other is for Ann Claughton.
Photos courtesy of Ken our latest member.
Regards Ron Wells
Helping Hands( Huon Aquaculture)
November 2015 News letter
I’m Pleased to welcome 2 new members to the DCW. Ken and Edith who both live in Dover signed up and we hope that their participation in the DCW is a rewarding as they expect.
Apparently there is another lady keen to join the Arts & Crafts section as well.
A rustic Garden chair was brought in to be repaired by Kevin. One of his neighbours asked if it could be repaired. The use of a copper log and some roof batten screws plus, replacing the seat panels made short work of this repair. On completion I coated it with some timber stain and it looked as good as new. The Arts &Crafts ladies came into the woodworking section and admired the finished product. So Much so that orders were taken to make similar seats from scratch. The first proto –type was sturdy and had an equal finish as the manufactured item we repaired.
This proto-type has since been sold and the original person who sent theirs in for repair wants another one similar.
I have started making components for another two units.
Making the wheels is relatively simple. Getting suitable branches for the back rest is the difficult part.
Robert has a fallen tree that may yield these branches. This tree is a recent fall and is still relatively green. Removing the bark is not to difficult, just time consuming.
John Tapp and myself completed a gate installation at a Dover residence. This gate was to ensure that a grandson could not escape to the road. The recipient was most pleased with our efforts and was pleasantly surprised at the cost. As a community workshop we help where we can. We are not retailers and have no intension of taking work from local trades people.
Our Wooden Toy sign is starting to attract customers. Most callers are travelling and don’t have room for large items. One tourist called in Thursday and wanted to buy a piece of myrtle. It was marked as $3 but he gave $5. I asked him where he was from and he said he was from Geelong / Queenscliff area in Victoria. On the off chance I asked if he knew Jack Beazley. Jack is a great mate and they are in several clubs together. Jack Beazley is the Master Shipwright who built La Chaloupe.
I told the gentleman that we are taking La Chaloupe to Franklin on Sunday to race against steam powered boats and to have some fun. It is a small world.
Dover District High School approached us to make a bush set of stairs for the wetlands area they are having a working bee this Sunday. We have the materials already and will slot in a time to remove the rotten set and replace them with new ones.
We can not attend the working bee as it clashes with our rowing outing at Franklin on Sunday.
If you would like to have some fun, join us at the Franklin Wharf before 9am on Sunday 15/11/2015. We still have a few seat positions vacant.
We need six rowers and a tiller operator.
I already have bribed the handicapper so we should get a placing in the races.
Helping Hands (Huon Aquaculture) who have sponsored us in the past, and is awarding us $600 towards the upgrade of our dust collection system, have invited John and myself to a morning tea, which is held for all recipients of their funding. The morning tea will be at Franks Cider, Franklin at 10.30am on the 18th of November.
We also have been advised by the AMSA (Australian Men’s Shed Association) that one of their major sponsors( Cabots’ Timber Finishers) is donating 10000 litres of their product to sheds throughout Australia.
I have completed their application form with a request for 15 litres of various tins of their comprehensive product list.
The Rustic Garden Seat I copied from the one we repaired is now finished.
It has already been sold. I will start on another one in anticipation of future orders. If you want one please let me know as the branch components are the most difficult to get. (see Photo)
On Sunday the 15th of November, La Chaloupe will be taken to Franklin to participate in a mini regatta which will see rowing skiffs take on 4 steam powered vessels.
It is an early start of 9am on the day so let the coordinator know if you would like to have a row and take on the steam boats. It should be fun for all and no one need get too serious about how they row. The idea is to have a go and participate in this great activity and venue.
Race starts at 9am at the Living Boat Trust wharf.
On Saturday the 28th of November, The Swiftsure Regatta will be held at the Living Boat Trust.
Adult races will be in the afternoon, so get your name on a seat on La Chaloupe for the round the island race.
It should take about 1 hour to complete the race. We came in second last year and hope to do better this year, subject to the handicapper. We did have two expert rowers on board that day but we also carried three passengers.