What do women do at the Shed?

We learn! We encourage! We create! We accept! We laugh!

Welcome to our shared space!

We are an inclusive group of diverse women who help each other to renovate furniture, build garden benches and planter boxes, mosaic, use tools, and machines…complete projects, and contemplate our next projects! There is laughter as we work on our projects and chat (as long as no-one is drilling or sawing!).

Women are welcome to come in and enjoy the company of other members over a cuppa or a quiet time in the library.

As the photos scroll on your screen, you will see items that members have made. There are native bee hotels, birds shaped from scrap wood that are excellent garden ornaments, garden benches, Adirondack chairs, coffee tables, renovated tables, and chairs. There’s a renovated and much-loved toy pram used by at least 2 generations of children. There are mosaiced pots, tables, and plant stands. The items in the photos have served to teach us many things!

 

Together we learn and build our confidence!

 

We learn how to safely operate and effectively use tools and machines such as:

  • Saws: hand saws, drop/miter saws, scroll saws, band saws
  • Sanders: hand sanding with sandpaper orbital sanders, palm sanders, belt sanders
  • Drills: electric hand drills, drill presses, drivers

 

CatsWe work together to learn how to choose:

  • Which drill bits for which job? …Countersunk or not?
  • How to join and cut timber…Dowell join? Glue? Screw? Both?…can never be too careful!
  • To clamp or not to clamp?.. That is an important question too!

We discuss and compare notes on how to plan and measure-up projects such as:

Band Saw

  • Building a coffee table
  • Restoring a garden table or garden bench
  • Making a pot plant stand to fit the pot!

 

 

 

Project: Bentwood Chair

A bentwood chair renovation.

An old chair, painted and weathered, was sanded back, a crack in the seat frame was repaired and the leg braced.

Painted and the seat reupholstered, it now looks as good as new!

All that’s required

Patience and persistence, imagination to see what might be, creativity to find a way to make it happen.

Regular visits to the Albury Women’s Shed to put it all into action.

Membership and opening times

Opening times

Existing member sessions

  • Monday’s: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please note: If there are no participants in the first hour the volunteer can close the shed at 11:00 am.
  • Friday’s: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please note: If there are no participants in the first hour the volunteer can close the shed at 11:00 am.
  • Wednesday’s: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Public Holidays: closed. The Shed also closes over the Christmas break. Members will be advised closer to the date.

 

New member sessions

  • First Wednesday of each month: 5:00 pm

 

Committee meetings

  • Third Wednesday of each month: open to all existing members.

 

 

Interested in membership?

New member sessions

New Member Introductory sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month (except Public Holidays and over the Christmas shut-down period) at 5:00 pm sharp.

New members will have an opportunity to take a tour of the Shed and if interested, can become a member on the night. You will be also able to complete your Orientation and Induction on a New Member Night.

Please see our FAQs for more details.

 

Membership fees

All shed members must be paid financial members of the Albury Women’s Shed for insurance purposes. Membership fees cover insurance and shed operating costs.

2020: Annual Membership fee $30.00 – payable annually in June.

2021: Annual Membership fee $60 – payable annually in June.

Due to increased insurance and overheads, member fees will be increased to $60 in 2021.

 

Session fees

Session fees are $2.00 for each visit. This can be paid before each session or paid in advance. This covers the costs of consumables (e.g. screws, glue, nails, sandpaper).

 

 

Formal workshop fees

Formal workshop fees are based on instructor and materials costs. Workshops are all likely to be a little different and fees vary accordingly.

Albury Women’s Shed Reopening 2021

Welcome back. The Shed will reopen from 11 January 2021. Opening times; Monday 10am to 1pm Friday 10am to 1pm Wednesday 4.30pm to 7.30 pm Looking forward to seeing both new and old members.

Summer break, 2020

The Albury Women’s Shed will close over the summer holiday period from 16 December 2020 , until 11 January 2021, Have a safe Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

Open for members: Wed 15 July 2020 4.30pm

11 July 2020: We are open for business from Wed 15 July 2020 for members to attend. Please bring you own cup and snack as we want to limit the sharing of these. We also need to be mindful of distancing regulations while at the Shed.

Shed reno

3 May 2020: The Shed will look different when we get back, we have a new amenities area and the recreation/kitchen room is being worked on too … Amenities 0305020

Suspended activities: Covid-19

As you are aware Covid-19 has meant the suspension of all activities that are not considered essential. This includes the Albury Women’s Shed. We will suspend our activities until isolation measures are lifted. We will post here and on Facebook when we are again operational. In the meantime join us on Facebook. (15/04/2020)