The Woodies, as they are nicknamed, use their club rooms at the Quarry Arts Centre to share, develop and learn the art of working with wood.
Club night on the first Tuesday is usually devoted to demonstrations by a Club member or an invited demonstraror, sharing information and tricks-of-the-trade about techniques, materials, tools and supplies. Club night is about learning from peers, trouble-shooting and enjoying being surrounded by likeminded people with a passion for making wood chips and finely crafted wares.
The third Tuesday is generally a hands on night with members actively taking part on one of the 6 modern lathes.
On all the alternate Tuesday nights the Club offers assistance to newer members from more experienced members, helping develop skills and method, and showing how to overcome any problems in turning.
Every meeting includes a slot where members bring problem pieces, unidentified wood, gadgets, or their latest finished work as a “show and tell” piece.– a great way to solve your problems and measure your progress against the more experienced. Also there is monthly “project” where members produce their take on the current subject matter from which they can earn points. The social aspect to all meetings is very important too.
Other activities include an annual exhibition and dinner night, a pre-Christmas sale of woodwork in the city, participating in Quarry open days, the odd field trip and occasional expedition to obtain wood. Neither age nor gender is a barrier to membership – everyone is welcome to come along and visit on a club night to try out being a ‘Woody’ before committing ones self to a subscription.
The Northland Wood Workers and Wood Turners produce some spectacular work from their clubrooms which has won awards throughout New Zealand and in interclub competitions. Various members are experienced tutors with a number demonstrating and tutoring overseas as well as in New Zealand. The Woodies also volunteer their stills and time to create wig-stands and donate them to the local Cancer Society to be distributed to women who are affected by chemotherapy treatment.
If you would like more information about the Woodies club or membership please contact the club directly.
09 436 3678