After a short break over the Christmas and New Year’s period, the Adelong Men’s Shed is back to work filling orders, using salvaged timber from the Sugar Pine Walk.
Last year the Men’s Shed began making cheese boards, toys and all sorts of wooden items from Sugar Pine timber.
They made 150 cheese boards for AKD staff – the company who donated the timber to them – as well 250 personal orders from locals and those across the country with sentimental attachments to the Sugar Pine Walk, which was destroyed in last summer’s fires.
They made 400 in total, designing each board with pyrography (wood burning) as well.
Shed secretary Andrea Quinn said the break before reopening orders was much-needed.
“It got to the stage where it wasn’t fun anymore, it was like ‘I’m going to work today’,” she said.
“Having learnt from the first batch that we got when the orders were thick and fast and we were running like billy-o, we learned that we’ve got to take it easy and take it slower.”
The Shed re-opened orders on February 1, and by February 4 they had over 100 orders and had to close the books once more.
“Within the first couple of hours we had 30 or 40 orders,” Mrs Quinn said.
“They slowed down a bit over the day, but everyone rushed in in the beginning.”
Mrs Quinn said that orders are still being sent in, despite the books being closed. She said if there is enough Sugar Pine timber at the end of this batch, they will reopen for a third time.
“It is going to run out,” she admitted.
Out of all the Sugar Pine timber given to the Adelong Men’s Shed, Mrs Quinn estimates that there is roughly one quarter left.
“We limited it to one board and one toy per person [this time] because we haven’t got an infinite stock of Sugar Pine,” she said.
“We do however have a lot of offcuts, you know, pieces that are not large enough for a board. So, we’re going to draw pictures on them or write ‘Sugar Pine Walk – Laurel Hill’ or something as a memento.”
These smaller mementos would not be offered as orders online, but sold directly through Rustic Creations in Adelong.
Mrs Quinn said that of the orders sent across the country thus far, they have received a very positive response.
“We post them… and we have had responses, people have replied saying, ‘Oh I’ve received my board in the post, thank you so much it’s wonderful, it’s a wonderful reminder’,” she said.
“People out there are very aware of the significance of the Sugar Pine Walk and the fact that there is mementos of it.
“Whatever it is – boards, toys – people are happy to buy a piece of walk because it’s the Sugar Pine.”