WHO WE ARE
A Shed has operated in Devonport for over ten years, initially based in a small workshop at Community House.
With insurance concerns restricting machine operation in this area, it was decided in July 2017 to relocate to the Devonfield Complex, 133 Middle Road, where a disused joinery workspace gave an operational area five times greater than the Community House Shed.
This gave members opportunity to set up a well-equipped carpentry area with sufficient equipment and work area to handle larger projects. It also resulted in a large increase in membership over the next twelve months from 12 to 44, with the new men bringing a wide range of skills and experience for all to share and enjoy.
An example of this has been the development of a “settler’s cottage” playhouse made from recycled materials in flat-pack format for easy transport. Because these are suitable for a special little girl’s playhouse or a fort for her big brother to fight Indians, they have proven so popular that the four made annually are pre-sold early each year.
As part of the Shed Community Service Program, one of the playhouses was sold in 2018, and the money raised donated to the Rotary Drought Appeal.
Another was constructed in early 2019 and pre sold as a Santa present with $1000 donated to the Rotary Flood Appeal.
In 2020 funds from the playhouse were directed to the Lions Club "Bale Out A Farmer" drive to provide much needed fodder for our farmers on Tasmania's East Coast who were having difficulty because of the on-going drought. This, along with locating donated bales, provided 750 much needed relief for hungry animals.
Currently operating Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9-12, there are vacancies for additional men to enjoy the “Man Cave” atmosphere on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
A special “Women’s Day” commenced on Wednesday mornings in March 2019 for women keen to learn how to hammer, chisel, plane, drill, and glue while having a good laugh and extended morning tea breaks.
Opportunity for those looking for a technical challenge, a computer programmable router was purchased with funds from a Tasmanian Community Fund grant. Along with specialist design software funded by a Cement Australia grant, this new initiative has been a vertical learning curve, but the results have created wide interest, with a younger man and a quadriplegic resulting from injury joining the shed to help mentor those still on "L" plates!