How things are made

The young and the retired came together at the Wingham Men's Shed on Thursday morning.

Twenty five children from Wingham Preschool paid a visit to the well-equipped workshop of the not for profit organisation.

In small groups the children were shown the inner workings of the shed and introduced to the concept of making something from scratch.

"It's important that children in their formative years see how things are made," said Wingham Men's Shed founder Bill Freeman. "They get to see people who enjoy making things."

The children watched short demonstrations of various tools including the table saw, milling machine and the bandsaw.

Volunteers were busy in all corners of the workshop and their works in progress proved equally as fascinating as the equipment.

The Men's Shed has been operating in Wingham since 2009 and is considered one of the best in the area.

It provides a welcome distraction for retirees and offers necessary social interaction for those that lives by themselves. The men help each other out with projects and there is a veritable mix of skills on offer. Some come with a full trade background, while others admit they at least knew what a hammer was before ever walking through the door.

"It's a valuable community asset for people who want something made or fixed," said Bill. "These skills are being lost and we enjoy it."

"We are always looking to attract new men (or women) with trade experience," said Bill. A willingness to learn is also welcome and the other men on hand will be more than happy to help new recruits learn the ropes.

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