Cooking classes

Professional chefs and Shed members Stephen and Paul put on a terrific show of culinary teaching skills for a members cooking class. Our first lesson incorporated some basics but at the same time each bloke got a hands on experience of preparing and cooking a really tasty stir fry. Carrots julienned, garlic, broccollini, paprika, cauliflower, snow peas etc. blanched and then preparing the beef strips and getting it all from the wok to the plate was a lot of fun. And boy, was it tasty! These guys really know their business and provided members with an excellent, entertaining, fun and funny cooking session that beats all the TV style Masterchef crap by a country mile. We ended up with an invitation to other “Sheddies” to come and eat and everybody requested that our in house chefs hold many more classes at the Shed. Top marks fellas.

Some recent projects

Illustrating one of the many reasons to be a regular member of the Channel Men’s Shed. Shareholders in the “Splitter Group” take delivery of their new 28 ton log splitter. This is not something that the Shed itself did but an initiative of a number of members (and hopefully future members) who clubbed together to purchase the splitter which, according to one of the share holder’s calculations will repay each shareholder’s investment in less than a year.

Esmail, a regular attendee at the Shed is putting the final touches to his latest project, a slightly retro take on the coffee table in Tasmanian Myrtle. Using the Shed’s large tools, a great deal of patience and skill an (expensive) purchase of rough sawn timber has been transformed into an heirloom piece of furniture.

Local groups put the occasional challenge to members of the Shed. In this case, a member of the fund-raising group intent on providing a Chapel for Snug Village introduced us to the concept of a mock wedding on the bridal table of which they wanted a “wishing” well to collect donations toward the Chapel. The octagonal joinery provided a couple of our members with a little head scratching but the result is something quite impressive. Particularly considering the timber came from a packing case and to the cost was just glue and screws. It is not what you have but how you use it perhaps.

One of our job seekers pictured is working on a project for the Southern Christian College. The Shed has undertaken the construction of a set of training equipment for the junior school designed to enhance motor skills and coordination. The plans required careful consideration to keep cost within the College’s budget and provide suitable training for the job-seekers involved. The Shed’s relationship with Max Employment is presently under review and volunteers interested in supporting this community outreach program are encouraged to call in an chat about the various opportunities available.

Among the Shed’s members are a small group of rock hounds. They organise expeditions to search out local stones and thanks to equipment loans from a couple of enthusiasts, are able to cut their finds using for example, the diamond saw illustrated. There is always the hope of an attractive jewel-like section or as in the case of the rock on the saw, a rather disappointing black as a “reward” for three hours of patient cutting. Paul remains philosophical and looks forward to future expeditions.

Mentoring program

Memo to all Channel Men’s Shed Inc Members

All members will be pleased to learn that your committee and many volunteer members have now finalised a member mentoring/skills training  programme to commence in early June 2015.

This programme has been designed to cover a wide range of interests that should enable all those members keen to develop new skills to participate and enjoy this opportunity.

For you to participate in any aspect of the programme, you will need to register your name and preferred programme with the organiser (Peter Shelley) by email at or by phone to 6267 1515.

Peter is coordinating this programme and will confirm by return email your registration.
We expect that many members will wish to become involved in these activities but please note that each of the sessions is limited to eight members at one time, first booked will be first in.

We are very grateful to those members who have offered their time and skills for these sessions and we are sure they will prove very popular with members and if possible, we may be able to replicate them again in early spring.
We look forward to your involvement. Peter Shelley


Channel Men’s Shed Inc Letter to Members May 17th 2015 re Shed programme

Channel Men’s Shed Inc – Draft Mentoring programme winter 2015