About our shed
The Carpenter's Workshop is an Outreach Project of the Elanora Uniting Church that aims to provide a creative opportunity for people to develop skills and friendships within a supportive, safe, and encouraging community.
The Workshop was established in 1992 and has around 60 active members, both male and female, in fairly even numbers. Participants must be over 18 years of age and undertake an induction program that instructs them on the safe use of tools, machinery and equipment.
The Workshop has an area set up with 10 lathes for wood-turning, while the carpentry area houses 10 workbenches. Members undertake any personal project with the assistance of volunteer Instructors. A wide variety of projects are underway at any given moment, including furniture making and repairs, artistic creations and many wooden household items such as bowls, platters, pens, boards and racks.
Members can supply their own materials or select from an extensive range in the well-equipped workshop and storage facility. All necessary tools and machines are available to members to complete almost any wooden project or item. These projects must be for personal use only, and not for resale, commercial production or general retail.
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— "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.
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