Barnsley Men’s Shed – Understanding Living Wood

The Barnsley Men's Shed is a woodworking workshop, where men over 55 come to learn how to work with wood, and/or expand their knowledge through peer learning.

Project Title:                 Barnsley Men’s Shed: Understanding Living Wood
Applicant:                     Inclusion in Action CiC
Grant Awarded:           £2000
Project Summary:

Inclusion In Action helps disadvantaged individuals focus on actions and create better decisions, innovative strategies, and plans, leading to improved life results. We do this by finding creative solutions through practical initiatives, and by providing advice and on-going support.

The shed is currently fully established as a woodworking workshop, with over 12 regular participants and a variable number of drop-ins, with activities involving making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation, model engineering, milling, etc.). Reclamation, reuse and restoration features strongly – and that applies to the participants too!

The project will involve a series of workshops to initially introduce and prepare the ‘Shedders’ for exploration of wood and woodlands in the Dearne Valley. This will be followed by visits to woodlands in the Dearne Valley

From the information and skills gained from these visits, a series of Living Wood Fact Sheets will then be designed and produced showing the best use of specific types of wood for woodwork projects

A Living Wood Open Day will then be held during which participants will showcase the knowledge they have gathered along with the items produced as part of the workshops.

Project Status:              In Progress