Woodworkers guild rebuilding resources as they look for new premises

Members of the Eurobodalla Woodcraft Guild are continuing to meet despite the total loss of their Mogo workshop in the recent fires.

Guild secretary Eric Simes said members continued to enjoy monthly meetings and social activities at member's homes.

Eurobodalla Woodies operated at Mogo's Gold Rush Colony for nearly 10 years through the philanthropic approach shown to community groups by Ms Maureen Nathan and family.

"We believe that our time there was mutually beneficial and we enjoyed our relationship with Ms Nathan and the staff," Guild president Helmut Delrieux said. "The location, its setting and the laid back nature of our association was "second to none".

"The loss of most of the Original Gold Rush Colony was a severe blow to Mogo, to us and the various craft groups that shared their premises and now we have to seek out a new location.

"The Guild is homeless and is only operating out of private workshops and we are looking for a long lease on some suitable land close to the Mogo area," Mr Delrieux said.

He went on to say Mogo was about the geographical centre of where members lived and provided a convenient location close to cafes and shops.

"Our main aim at the moment is to keep the guild going and encourage members to participate in as many activities as possible with the limited resources available while we concentrate on finding new accommodation.

"We would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who have donated tools and machinery that we are currently storing at various locations," he said.

Recently the guild purchased a bandsaw mill from funding received prior to the fires with members spending three days putting the mill together before it's registered and on the road.

According to Mr Delrieux the group lost all their milled timber in the fires.

"The mill gives us a chance to have a club activity and set about rebuilding our supply of timber in preparation for our new building," he said.