Collingham and District Men in Sheds - Upcycling and repurposing wood

Collingham and District Men in Sheds - Upcycling and repurposing wood Case study

Lets learn a little more about: Collingham & District Men In Sheds

What do you reuse? 
We are on a builders site so you can see there is a lot of wood that can be wasted, as they are mainly more  expensive housing  we get a lot of hard wood work top which we turn into chopping board, bowls

We also get asked by the local community to repair or replace items with family history. We repair clocks that have been rejected by the professorial clock makers. Many of these items would be scrapped and not passed on to family members and history lost.

We also do metal turning from any scrap material where it would be far too expensive for a replacement part.

How would you describe what you do? 
We are passionate about passing on our diverse skills we try to teach where possible first each and we now run classes for both Men and women. We are more than a hobby group but will not take on a job that can be done by a local craftsman.  It is important that any task is enjoyable and will help the community as a whole.

Talking to member Dez Williams -
How did you get involved ? 

Men in sheds started in Australia some 15 years ago and came to the UK say 12 years ago.
'I got into sheds after I suffered a heart attack, after a quad bypass there was little I could do. Sheds is where you can go and enjoy company with like minded people, many men find that because they can not get out or carry on their hobby they become lonely.  Sheds is a good place to make new friends (the truth is their wife doesn't want them messing up the house !!) When men retire they don't always have a circle of friends/ organisations to turn to and become lonely.'

How long have you been involved with Men in Sheds?  
I've been involved with the Collingham shed for 5 years and helped set it up.

What tips do you have for other Nottinghamshire residents to help them reduce, reuse, repurpose or recycle? 
Come and join the shed, we have all sorts of ideas for recycling, for example a plastic milk bottle cut the side out and it becomes a useful store for screws, a cheap store, bean cans we use for paints and after use they go to the metal recycle bin. At shows we take items that children can play/paint news paper is a good source to keep the place clean. It's not easy to remember all the recycling we do because it becomes a habit not a chore. The more we recycle the more ideas we get it just kind of happens.

The best recycling is the friendship and talks round the coffee table, someone may have a medical problem and  they find out that one or more have the same or similar and can recycle our stories and have an open discussion with our embarrassment. 

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