Last week a new roof was constructed for the Adelong Men’s Shed, who received funding for the renovations via a grant last year.
The work started last Tuesday morning and was mostly completed by Thursday.
Secretary of the Adelong Men’s Shed, Andrea Quinn, said the renovations first came about when plans were made to get a new fireplace in the building.
“What started it off was we wanted to get a new fire, a wood burning stove for the inside – it was cold – and we wanted to move it, which would mean that we would have to relocate the flume,” she explained.
Because the old roof was made of asbestos, in order to move the fireplace the roof had to be replaced and all the asbestos removed. The shed now has a new tin roof, built by Adelong-based company S J Moore.
“S J Moore… has also installed insulation into the roof and he has installed two of those whirlybirds,” Mrs Quinn said.
“Now all we need to do is paint the outside to match the nice new roof.”
The money for the new roof was donated by St Vincent de Paul, and was administered to the Men’s Shed via the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).
Mrs Quinn said the new insulation in particular will make a big difference for the shed, keeping it cooler in the summer months.
“Hopefully one day we’ll get a grant for air conditioning,” she added.
“Most of the women spend time in there doing the pyro[graphy].”
The Adelong Men’s Shed has been making headlines over the last five months, building cheese boards and other creations from salvaged Sugar Pine Walk timber.
Members of the Men’s Shed work to make the cheese boards, and ladies from The Hen’s Shed decorate them with pyrography – or woodburning.
“We’ve nearly come to the end of the first [round of orders], after which we closed the books,” Mrs Quinn said. Orders came in from across the country, with both locals and tourists who had visited the Sugar Pine Walk keen to buy a memento of the lost destination.
“In the next couple of weeks we should be able to reopen the books.”
When orders for Sugar Pine Walk cheese boards reopen, it will be officially announced on the Adelong Men’s Shed Facebook page. New orders won’t be accepted until such time.