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Hastings Woodworkers Guild
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About Me and This Site
Greetings from "Down Under",
Whether your skills are at the beginner, intermediate or master level, woodworkplansandprojects has been specifically developed with all woodworkers in mind. This site is about supplying quality and pertinent products, articles, plans and links for woodworking.
My name is Howard Trott and I live in a small community of around 7500 people at Wauchope in rural NSW. Wauchope is approximately 406 Kms due north of Sydney, the state capitol of New South Wales, Australia. As of April 2012 I am 51 years old. I am married to my best friend and soul mate Maree and between us we have six children, two boys, four girls and six grandchildren My hobbies include motorcycles, classic cars, woodworking, theatre, music, reading and most of all relaxing with good friends.
My formal education began in the Northern suburbs of Sydney at a public school in West Pymble. I went to school there until I reached the age of eleven and then moved onto complete High School at another public school, Turramurra High. Whilst there I studied all compulsory subjects along with Woodwork, Music and Technical Drawing. I left after four years in what was known at the time as "fourth year" having completed the School Certificate. From school I went directly into the Royal Australian Navy where I served for a total of six years.
Once I had retired from active service I embarked on a career path in Nursing. I completed a twelve month training course and graduated with High Distinction at the end of the initial training. My career in Nursing spanned a good 25 years and encompassed such specialities as Theatre and Anaesthetics, Medical and Surgical Nursing, Geriatrics/Aged Care amongst a host of many things. I currently find myself semi-retired due to average health after many years in the saddle.
My Background in Woodwork.
Since I left school I had always found myself involved in other pursuits and until about 2006 when I moved to Wauchope, I didn't so much as give tools or woodwork "a look in". I have never gained any formal qualifications from TAFE (an independent training facility known as a Technical and Further Education College for those not in the know) or from anywhere else in any form of woodwork plans an projects. Since I moved here I have found and become an active member and am still an active member of two Guilds or Associations. The Hastings Woodworkers Guild and The Men's Shed Laurieton.
The Hastings Woodworkers Guild.
The Hastings Woodworkers Guild was formed around 1985 by a group of like minded and retired gentleman whose primary goal was to provide assistance to members with woodwork projects and plans. They come from all walks of life, some with experience in carpentry, building and cabinet making and others from other professions.
Between them they have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of woodworking plans and projects including scroll saw work, intarsia, turning, box-making and furniture making and repairs and it is here with these gentleman that I have gained my informal training in the use and creating of woodwork plans and projects. I personally have been a member of the Guild for seven years and plan to be one for some time yet!
The members of the Guild are provided with a clubhouse and workshop set within a local theme park and boasts an area of around 100 square metres that encompasses a showroom full of items that the members have made, two workshops that are complete with machinery, tools and benches and an incomparable Library full of books, issues of woodworking magazines and periodicals, which is one source of a great many woodwork plans and projects. The members also provide their own woodwork plans and projects for other members if so required.
As a not for profit organisation we are quite often involved in woodwork projects and plans within the Community. We also demonstrate our skills within the community at local venues and it is at these times particularly, where I have personally been asked to make something and have had to develop a woodworking plan for the project. Please visit the Guild's website here.
The Laurieton Men's Shed
Although the Laurieton Men's Shed which is just one branch, is in its infancy, The Men's Shed movement itself has been around for some time and is governed by the Australian Men's Shed Association. Their mission is to provide for the good health and well-being of all men from all ages. They have branches all over Australia and indeed three in my local area. They achieve this by providing a variety of activities of which woodworking is one.
Laurieton Men's Shed also has a membership of men that come from many technical backgrounds such as woodworking, metal working, spray painting, panel beating just to name but a few. Here we have members who are skilled with woodwork plans and projects who help and encourage other people to develop their own woodwork plans and projects. I have only been a member for a short time, about two years, but I also hope to develop my skills with woodwork plans and projects in the years to come.
I hope by reading this page you have gained an insight as to who I am and what I hope to provide by hosting this website and I sincerely thank you for visiting woodworkplansandprojects.