Dunstable Men In Sheds is a Registered Charity. No 1178575
We took over our shed early in 2017, formally used for storage by the council it was in need of some paint. We all set to and got the place cleaned up and painted then built some racking for storage.
Getting more organised each week!
The shed is now a hive of activity, always lots going on, making nest boxes or truggs etc wood turning or refurbing second hand tools that have been donated to us.
One of our first projects was, from Beecroft Academy, to make three totem poles. The students at Beecroft created designs for the poles and shedders carved and painted the poles to great effect.
During a visit to Portsmouth Submarine Museum the Headmaster at Beecroft Primary School discovered this interesting Totem Pole. The original was donated by the Cowichan Tribe to the crew of the submarine HMS Totem while on a visit to Canada in 1945 . Superstition was that if the submarine ever left port without the totem pole disaster would strike. In 1968 HMS Totem was transferred to the Israeli Navy and the totem pole donated to the museum. Renamed IS Dakar sailed for Israel and was lost with all hands in the Med en route to Israel.
Our totem poles have been installed at Beecroft Academy and are looking magnificent. They took about 4 months to make and it is great to see them in place.
This is an interview on local radio with our chairman, Martin Young, Boxing day 2016.
Donated to the shed we did some refurbishment to our lathe and purchased some basic equipment. We now have a great machine to create some wooden masterpieces !!
Turning a rough piece of timber into a beautifully grained bowl like this gives great satisfaction.