About our shed

About Us

Colac Woodcrafters Guild started in May 1980. We are a not-for-profit group run by volunteers whose main aim is to promote all aspects of working with wood. Currently there are over 40 members, men and women of all ages and skill levels, from highly experienced craftspeople to complete beginners. The strength of the club are first, our more experienced members are willing to help beginners and second, the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The Guild has a purpose-built shed with a wide range of equipment, machinery and tools. The shed was funded through a major grant under the Victorian Men's Shed Program and completed in 2017.
Our workshop is open four days per week, 3 sessions when members can work on their own or Guild projects, plus a session for wood turning. New members are matched with a more experienced mentor who supports them until they are approved to use the machines unsupervised.
We also run a weekly Junior Woodwork Program. Numbers are limited to what the Guild can properly manage. We are delighted that some of our Juniors are now employed in construction and related industries.

Shed Activities

All aspects of woodwork

Find us


Rod Menzies

Colac Showgrounds, Bruce St Colac, VIC 3250
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0419 575 518


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Positive impacts


"I've found a great group of mates"

Mateship is an important pillar of every Men’s Shed – first and foremost the shed is a place for men to knock about with a group of like-minded mates.


“I give back to the community”

Men’s Sheds are vital community investments delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.

Health & Wellbeing

“My health and wellbeing is better because I'm a Shedder”

Many shedders experience improved mental health outcomes. Men (and women) involved at their local Shed report increased self-esteem through participation and learning new skills; de-stigmatisation of experiencing mental health and de-stigmatisation of prevalent social issues related to mental health.

Watch — More than just a shed

The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the national service provider supporting more than 1,200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations.

AMSA was established in 2007 by a collection of Australian independent community-based Men’s Sheds to represent, support and promote the Men’s Shed movement. It was founded on the principle of sharing information between sheds and those communities wishing to establish and operate a Men’s Shed. It acts as a central hub for information exchange.

Facts & Figures


Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)


More than 2,500 Men's Sheds operate in 12 countries


The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)


More than 50,000 Australian men participate in Men's Sheds