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In Our Community

Members are encouraged to have a continuing interest in, and involvement with, the local community.  In recent times the Club has assisted a wide range of community groups, including;


  1.   Making items for The Royal Children’s Hospital, including model MRI & CAT scanners

  2.   Display cabinets, cabinets for the Operations Room & signage for Yarrambat CFA

  3.   Large cabinets, plaque & leadlight for Nillumbik Historical Society

  4.   Honour Board & display boxes for Nillumbik Council

  5.   Animal cutouts for Collingwood Children’s Farm

  6.   Primary school skill games

  7.   Church windows for St Michael’s, Yarrambat

  8.   Windows for Len Young Woolshed, Yarrambat Heritage Museum

  9.   Playground equipment for Research Primary School

  10.   Woodwork activities at healthAbility

  11.   Woodworking demonstrations at the Eltham Town Square, The Wattle Festival in Hurstbridge and the Whittlesea Show.

  12.   Wes’ Workshop is a workshop for children within our annual exhibition.  Children are encouraged to make an item - the items have been prepared earlier and only require nails, glue or screws to assemble them.  To date we have made a battleship, a small toolbox/carry box, and an acrobatic clown.

  13.   Replica of the Ashes for a Community cricket match.

HealthAbility provides a wide range of health, counselling and therapeutic services to the local community.

The Eltham and District Woodwork Club has been assisting the Social Support Groups for the frail, aged, dementia and acquired brain injury clients for some years. The Club Members prepare timber kits for small items such as boxes, trays and letter holders that they then help the members of the activity groups assemble.
This is one of a number of important ongoing community services carried out by the Club Members.


Annual Exhibition - Nillumbik Community Centre, Pitt St. Eltham

Our Annual Exhibition is held in the NILLUMBIK COMMUNITY CENTRE in Pitt st. Eltham in November in conjunction with the Eltham Festival.  It is an opportunity for members to showcase their projects with the opportunity to also have items up for sale. A very popular part of the show given that it is only a month before Christmas. 


There are usually approximately 300 entries which range from miniatures to full dining suites, from novices to experienced.  Members enjoy seeing each other’s work and much discussion is had on the various techniques used in construction.  A number of entries are for sale and we also have a Sales Table for immediate sales.


Each year at our exhibition we run Uncle Wes’ Workshop.  This is an activity for children aimed at giving them an opportunity to try woodwork.  The item is prepared before the exhibition and only requires minimal assembly on the day.  To date we have made a battleship, a small toolbox/carry box, an acrobatic clown, a biplane, a periscope and a Christmas tree.


There are demonstrations by members throughout the weekend which include scroll sawing, turning, pyrography, guitar making, violin making, marquetry and carving to name a few.  We also have a variety of guest demonstrators who give their time to share their expertise and passion for woodwork.


The climax of the weekend is the drawing of the Club Raffle.  Members have sold tickets individually and also at local shopping centres.  All of the prizes have been made by members and are of a very high standard.

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