MenShed team in July

July was a great month for the MenShed team at the Wanaka Community Workshop.

Team members hosted 24 kids undertaking a holiday program with the Wanaka Recreation Centre. Each went home with a small wooden crate. We also hosted 9 folk from MINT who each went home with a bird feeder.

During July the team completed; the restoration and upgrading of ten Riddling Racks for Quartz Reef Winery, a food bank for Community Networks / Kahu Youth, 15 Weta Homes for Te Kakano Nursery, a Mud Kitchen for Lake Hawea Pre School, a Lakeshore community toy library, the wooden structure of a prototype “poof” and a set a drawers the Seed Library at Wanaka Library.

We are currently working on four “standard design” Lilliput Libraries for Friends of Wanaka Library, a “special design” Lilliput Library, a engineering / metal work table and welding screens for the Workshop, a storage container door for the Wanaka Grebe Program, a “stick library” for the dogs of Wanaka, a produce stand for the Wanaka Pre School.

We are working with the Wanaka Death Cafe with the aim of hosting a series of night schools in September which will involve the construction of coffins.

Within the Workshop we placed an additional fire extinguisher in the tool room and purchased a “pallet buster tool”. The pallet buster will greatly enable the use of recycled timber from pallets.

We sold a couple of stoat traps and received donations of cash and building materials.

We had no work related accidents during the month.

Due to a number of our regular members being on holiday and the impact of various winter ills attendance during our normal Tuesday and Thursday sessions was 80 representing 240 hours or 6 full time equivalents. This attendance excludes team members hosting groups such as MINT and holiday programs as well as attendance at other times.

It is estimated that during July the MenShed team at the Wanaka Community Workshop re-used 600 Kg of material which would otherwise have been dumped.