THE smell of wood permeates the air of a workshop that has welcomed many familiar and new faces over the past 27 years. Woodturners of the Goulburn Valley (WTGV) are a group of men and woman who take time to share and pass on knowledge between them, as a hobby, and to support many underfunded charities with their crafts.
The workshop is scattered with beautiful toys, tables and furniture. Wooden pieces of all sorts have been made by members of this self-funded group, which depends largely on the annual Shepparton Woodwork Show and its associated raffle.
Very wrongly I had assumed the group was made up mostly of men but WTGV president, Len Taylor said, “In the last few years we’ve had just as many women as there are men with our youngest member currently a 16 year old girl.”
Len said, “Children can join from the age of 14 and we are very happy to see new members. Membership is just $40 a year. New members get started off with a project kit and we guide and teach them along the way. People come in from all backgrounds and have differing levels of experience.
“The best experience comes in sharing not what was made but how it was made and enabling others to do the same.
“As I say to the young ones, you’re in a privileged position, we’ve got to pass this knowledge onto someone and you’re in the box seat.”
Visit the 27th Annual Shepparton Woodwork Show, Saturday, March 11 from 9:30am to 5pm and Sunday from 9:30am to 4pm at Eastbank Centre, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Adults, $8 and children under 16 are free.