Ready for Manning-Great Lakes Woodfest

MANNING Great Lakes Woodworkers are preparing to open their doors to the public for an open day on Easter Saturday.

The Woodfest and Craft Exhibition is a chance to discover locally made wooden items including bowls, boxes, coffee tables, chairs, lamps, stools, platters, intarsia, scrollwork, pyrography as well as other crafts.

The workshop will be open and members giving demonstrations on a lathe, woodturning, pyrography, scroll sawing anything to do with woodworking and all on modern equipment.

A barbecue lunch and a raffle will also be on offer to visitors.

The woodworkers get together regularly each month and the workshop is open at other times by appointment.

The club promotes the study and practice of woodworking and associated wood crafts, and conducts regular workshop sessions, demonstrations, seminars, visits to other clubs, exhibitions and outings.

Members perform turning, carving, scroll sawing, box making and more.

An extensive stock of timber is available for members to use.

Members say it is more than just woodworking that makes involvement in the group enjoyable.

It's also the social aspect and the chance to learn new things from people who have been in the craft for years who have a huge amount of knowledge they are willing to share.

They have a separate room for a quiet cuppa, extensive club library of magazines and books.

The club is open to members regardless of experience in woodworking and both men and women, young and not so young are welcome.

They have proudly made a trophy for this year's Easter Powerboat Classic, which has been donated to the Taree Aquatic Powerboat Club.

It is planned to be an annual contribution to the event.

The exhibition will be held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, April 19 at the club's rooms at 100 River Street, Taree, between Martin Bridge and the Harry Bennett Park.

For more information about the club see the website, email or contact president Allan Poulton on 6551 0613 or 0428 510 613.

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