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)
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
We 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:
- 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
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
- 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.
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 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.