Cynthia Claffey and Jim Chisnall are keen members of the Hervey Bay Woodcraft Club.
Cynthia Claffey and Jim Chisnall are keen members of the Hervey Bay Woodcraft Club. Valerie Horton

Wooden ya love to join Hervey Bay club?

HELEN Smith was always interested in woodworking but didn't want to join the local club because there were no women.

But in 1995, she changed her mind, joined the Hervey Bay Woodwork Club and is glad she did.

"I really enjoy it and there are more women coming now, which is great," Helen said.

"I love wood burning and I mostly make small things like pictures and fridge magnets.

"It's a different way of life and people come here to learn different skills."

Cynthia Claffey's husband was a member in 1992, and she used to go to the club to help on their open days.

She was hooked and joined the group.

"I've been enjoying it ever since, I do everything the others throw at me, but I mostly do wood burning," Cynthia said.

"The friendship and learning is great, some of the members teach and we bring things in to repair them and show what we're doing."

Have you ever received a gift and wondered why you got it? Jigsaw Lil's husband made her a scroll saw that was painted green and she said it was the ugliest thing.

"I wondered what I was going to do with it but once I flicked the switch on that monster, I've never been bored. As the sawdust blew away I could see the fretwork and was very happy," she said.

"I've made toys, intarsia - which is different colours of timber to make a picture, and all sorts of art and the house is filled with projects," she said.