History

We do try to keep a record of projects and when someone has  remembered to photograph them it is great to be able to look back and see what we achieved!

From small beginnings

It is amazing what a bunch of creative people will come up with!

Brian sign finished-1983

August 2022

Last bits of the sign being added

Keith carving tool rack-1973

July 2022

Keith made this rack to hold our new carving knives.

Rob bench-1982

July 2022

Rob and Keith used off cuts to make another woodwork bench,

Brian motor bearing-1896

July 2022

Our favourite dust extractor motor had a worn out motor.

Brian made a new bearing,

which failed,

so he made a better one,

but the brushes were worn, so he got new ones,

which didn’t fit,

So he cut them to fit,

And now it works fine!

Keith Loo Roll-1972

July 2022

We always knew Rob’s wooden spanner would be useful one day! There cannot be a shed with a better loo roll holder than this made by Keith.

5 wood store-9068
4 middle section-9065

June 2022

Every bit of wood has its place.

We are so organised! Now just a bit of tidying!

1 Dennis + Phil cupboard-1858

June 2022

Hanging new units.

4 Move timbeer by van-1844

May 2022

Brian organising getting our timbers to the new shed.

1 discussion Adrian Dennis Glyn + Keith-1753

May 2022

The important bit – shall we have a cup of tea?

Brians bowl-1974

July 2022

Brian got the new lathe working and made this excellent beechwood bowl.

Brian new sign-1889

July 2022

Brian fixing the new shed sign made by Rob and Keith.

Brian shelves up2-1981
Brian shelves up-1980

July 2022

Brian moved some shelves to the new shed so we can display small projects.

3 Kitchen to bandsaw-9064
2 stairs+ drill-9067

June 2022

Tea urn takes pride of place.

 

 

 

 

 

The drill just about fits under there.

5 Another discussion-1847

May 2022

Planning meeting number 33.

3 dismantle Warkworth Kitchen-1841

May 2022

Dismantling the Warkworth kitchen.

Dennis and Adrian dismantle

April 2022

Dennis and Adrian clear another corner of the old shed.

1 broken sledge

March 2022

A new community task – fix a broken sleigh

2 sledge fixed

March 2022

Brian and Keith soon got it repaired.

6 Phil accurate door fixer

March 2022

Phil was unfazed by second hand wobbly doors and soon had them fitting perfectly.

Keith under bench
Brian and Keith removal day

April 2022

Keith investigates how this bench was fixed.

 

 

 

Brian and Keith removal day

3 BrillWhiteEverywhere
5 TradeMatt

Phil, Graham and Brian cover everything in Brilliant white.

4Dennis+Keith fix balustrade

March 2022

Dennis + Keith started building the balustrade with stainless steel rods. Later it was finished in double quick time by Brian.

3 Brian+Phil Ceiling Board

February 2022

Brian and Phil got quick at putting 31 screws in every ceiling board

5 DennisAlmostClimbinginto

February 2022

Dennis got 4 ring mains and three lighting circuits into the distribution box, mind he never quite got himself in there!

1 Air Admittance_
2 Find hidden support

Rob was really happy with his air admittance valve – nobody else noticed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the hidden support by drilling and drilling again!

4 Brians board lifter

February 2022

Brian’s board lifting aid

Graham cheecks 2m headroom-2

January 2022

As we heave the new stairs into position Graham checks for the required 2m headroom.

NEOG cupboard moved

January 2022

North East Organics veg box collection cupboard had been blown over in the December storms. Brian took on the task of repairing it and setting it up in a better position.

21 Graham O cutting socket holes
20 Rob scaffold is good for a sit down

December 2021

Graham O cutting holes in the plaster ready for the sockets.

Rob finds the scaffold is a good place for a nice little sit down.

22 Brian and railway men pull brocken posts out

December 2021

Meanwhile, after the storm Brian takes on the job of fixing an Earth Balance fence and gate.

Here he gets a railway worker to help extracting the broken posts.

18 Adrian we know which cable is which

December 2021

We haven’t finally decided whether to add the planned toilet, but here Adrian is doing the ‘first fix’ for the lighting and extractor fan circuits, just in case!

19 Graham O declares shed fit for purpose

December 2021

Fixing OSB board to the walls for strength.

Then covering with plasterboard to give half hour fire resistance.

Graham O doing a round of inspection.

Keith with a bandolier of plasterboard fixings.

15 Graham O doing a round of inspection
16 Keith with bandolier of plaster fixings
17 Dennis + Adrian these holes are too small for this cable
14 Dennis keeps our wiring to regulation

November 2021

It is a surprisingly tough job to pull cables though, especially when somebody has drilled the holes too small!

Dennis makes sure all our wiring is to regulation.

13 Dennis instructing

November 2021

Dennis makes sure we understand the cabling for the second ring main.

12 Now what will we use this space for

November 2021

It is going to be a great space up here!

Brian takes on the job of fixing all the upper floorboards, helped by Adrian and shown here, Peter.

10 Peter sorting upper deck

November 2021

The second beam goes up quite quickly.

It is slightly ‘banana shaped’ so we are quite pleased when we manage to make the middle of it perfectly level!

New beam may be a bit bent, but at least it is perfectly level
9 everyone nailing joists
8 fix a few joist hangers
6 Starting to build wall by drain opening

October 2021

We start constructing the first structural stud wall, which will become the permanent support for the beam.

4 propped up beam is safe enough to walk under

October 2021

Very quickly we start feeling it is safe to walk under the heavy beam.

8 Adrian fixing joists

October 2021

Adrian starts fixing joists to the beam.

7 Oct 1st beam up

October 2021

Adrian getting ready to drill the 16mm holes  so the beams can be securely bolted together.

5 Adrian getting ready to drill the bolt holes for the new beam
2 Brian and Graham start cutting the 2nd half beam
1 New timber arrives from Percy Hudsons

October 2021

The timber arrived from Percy Hudson.

Brian and Graham W started cutting to make one of the big twin beams, which will hold up the new mezzanine.

IMG_1412

September 2021

Everyone helped with this community task for the Dance Studio.

Jayne wanted the door to open the other way so we removed the frame and turned the whole thing round.

Insulation and plastering nearly finished

September 2021

We painted some more.

We wondered when we would hear from Building Control.

And we fitted two new LED strip lights.

3 dramatic moment first half of the beam propped

October 2021

A dramatic moment the first half of the beam is propped up.

October 2021

Our plans receive approval!

approval
50636691_10156938194806912_6812559953912397824_n

August 2021

We started looking at becoming a registered charity, we re wrote our safety policy and we got some lottery funding!

Brian 6m up, safety helmet jams between joists

August 2021

We painted and painted and painted.

As soon as we hear from Building Control we will start the Mezzanine.

Dennis with trunking

July 2021

Dennis took charge of installing our first ring main with help from Keith

Caroline with petals

July 2021

The Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute make flowers, which they sell to raise impressive amounts of cash for an NHS charity. The veterans asked for some help cutting petals and Caroline volunteered saying she might cut ‘one or two’!

EB Shed-13 Caroline checking we have everything tight
diesel is separated

June 2021

Caroline worked with everyone.

The diesel generator was sold destined for a new life at sea.

EB Shed-9 Keith strengthens side door
EB Shed-12 George and Brian cutting more board

May 2021

Keith strengthened the side door

George and Brian cut yet another piece of plasterboard.

EB Shed-11 Dennis fixes one of final pieces
Brian on a ladder balanced on top of another ladder

May 2021

Dennis fixes one of the final pieces of plasterboard.

Brian needs two ladders to replace a high tile.

EB Shed-5 Mark IC bench layout

May 2021

Mark took charge of accurate drawing.

We gave up trying to find a professional to help with our building regulation application and in the end Rob sharpened his pencil and sent some drawings to Northumberland Building Control.

Earthbalanceshed-planview
IMG_1201

April 2021

Brian and Rob hired a van, drove to Hartlepool, found the ‘olde Sweet Shop’  and brought back this magnificent 6m high scaffold.

George standing by LibraryCIMG2339

April 2021

George answered a call from a new community centre in Cambois to make a free mini library.

money and pens

February 2021

With advice from Keith Nicholson we increase our bid for resilience funding to finance the refurbishment of the Energy building with the promise of a peppercorn rent.

road works

March 2021

Keeping well distanced because of lockdown Keith, George, Brian, Adrian and Rob repaired the Earth Balance tarmac drive.

Hogan Wordpress

January 2021

Rob started learning how to make a website by watching 4 hour videos by the very clever Hogan Chua.

Christmas dec Keith Caroline and Rob528kb

December 2020

Keith, Caroline and Rob did make a few decorations

Marks Fan filter 138kb

November 2020

Mark is making a fan and Hepa filter to ensure dust free spray booth work.

Path rubber hammer

October 2020

Brian, Keith and Rob using a rubber hammer to practise the black art of paving. It worked with perfect wobble free flatness!    Autistic centre can now use a covid safe exit.

Brian 2nd Dance table 565kb

November 2020

Brian made a 2nd table for the MPA Dance Studios

 

Marks Fan filter-2 209kb

November 2020

Mark’s fan, look at the finely engineered sliding seal.

Caroline hearts- 500high

October 2020

Caroline made these decorative hearts

 

energy building

October 2020

We had a first look inside the Energy Building, which we hope will be our new workshop at the end of the year!

 

Brian cutting Toby door 83kb

July 2020

Brian and Rob repaired the Toby Henderson door (again) it was tricky to find any un-splintered timber to fix into!

 

Margarets blue flower painting 139kb

May 2020

Margaret again has a Japanese theme in this painting.

bench for dance 550wide

September 2020

Dennis, Adrian and Rob made a table for the new dance group on site.

 

closed shed 85kb

Workshop closed

 from 17th March. We Opened again at the end of July 2020 with restricted numbers in the workshop and face masks required inside the building.

 

George box at home

April 2020

It is heartening to see George managed to make this smart box during lockdown.

 

Kestrel wing 204kb

August 2020

Rob started on a kestrel shaped weather vane.

 

Don's oriental bird feeder

May 2020

Don made this bird feeder Japanese style.

 

Margarets red flower painting 160kb

May 2020

Margaret may not be able to get into the shed just now, but she seems to know what she is doing with a paintbrush!

 

Georges candle holders heart

April 2020

George is going to find a lot of people copying this romantic candle holder!

Georges pawn

April 2020

George made a copy of this pawn, but which is the original?

Margarets blue flower painting 139kb

May 2020

Margaret again has a Japanese theme in this painting.

Black wheelbarrow small 153kb

January 2020

Rob finished another wheelbarrow planter

Georges phone and watch stand

April 2020

George keeps designing new phone stands, this one is neat and it also holds a watch.

Brian M's first Shed project_

March 2020

Brian M, recently joined the shed and already he has made this little cactus holder – his first Shed project!

Brian's Dolphin 63kb

January 2020

Brian’s Dolphin on a wave. Look at the quality!

Brian's knots

To do or knot to do?

Some of us have been trying to solve this puzzle for longer than Brian has taken to accurately mark and cut and make them fit together!

George log on phone charger+

January 2020

George made this stainless steel log and axe some time ago, but now he has used it in his new phone charger stand.

small brass logo 118kb

January 2020

Rob then added a little brass plate so the new owners of the planter would remember where it came from!

George christmas best

December 2019

George has been creating these wonderful painted Christmas decorations.

Laminate-Floor-1

November 2019

Keith is lying down on the job in the kitchen, but making a brilliant job to undercut the door jambs, whilst Rob is having a pensive moment, admiring his work and thinking about where to lay the next board.

Saw Sign ist attempt

September 2019

Rob was pleased with the look of his signs to point people in the direction of our shed.

Colins Dolphin 86kb

July 2019

Colin took a little bit of bench top and made this sleek dolphin. The fixing of the stand was an engineering triumph!

George birds edited

December 2019

George made these Christmas decorations by slicing small logs and then painting these delicate  bird images.

Laminate-Floor-2 + dust

November 2019

The floor is nearly done, but what about the dust?

Saw sign painted

September 2019

Shame Rob’s signs did not really stand out so he painted them. Now he just needs to fix the blistering paint!

Dennis cricket stumps 107kb

July 2019

Dennis made these fabulous cricket stumps for his lucky grand children!

November 2019

The Shed had a request from Carers Northumberland to help a couple in Amble. They had seen hard times over the last year and had been living on a concrete floor. The Shed took on the challenge we laid a laminate floor.  The magnificent three, Rob, Keith and Brian did the job, though there were a few tired limbs the next day! Age creeps onwards!

Laminate-Floor-3 hall

November 2019

We had enough laminate to do the entrance hall as well.

Elliptic-Box-1

August 2019

Yet more creativity by Keith … An beautiful elliptical box.

Gramophone finished 139kb

June 2019

Rob found this 1927 gramophone in a ditch fifty years ago. It needed some repairs, a little tidying and now it is ready to play “Enjoy Yourself”!

Keiths Keyfob

May 2019

Keith got creative with end grain making a Key-fob.

George box-2

May 2019

George made this neat box with impressive mitre corners.

wheelbarrow dismantled 97kb

April 2019

Rob then took the wheelbarrow  apart again to apply wood preservative in every joint.

Keiths box
keith box open

March 2019

Keith’s jewellery box has a two tone lid, bespoke hinges, a velvet lining and his insert tray sinks slowly in place as the air escapes!

Keiths Box-2-1

May 2019

Keith’s speciality … another box … his wife must have a lot of jewellery!

George Candle holder-2

May 2019

George developed the candle holder idea using this attractive cherry wood branch.

keith box front
IMG_0685

March 2019

Keith started, simply playing with dovetails, but he kept adding interest until he had produced a classy Jewellery box.

Keiths Box-2-2

May 2019

Keith’s end grain symmetry makes the lid special.

wheelbarrow pretreated 110kb

April 2019

Rob declared his wheel barrow planter finished.

Marks coasters 80kb

February 2019

Mark made these rather clever coasters.

Marks planters

February 2019

Mark completed these bespoke planters and installed them in the Toby Henderson garden.

Carolines mineral shelf-2

December 2018

Caroline made this stylish display case for her mineral collection.

plant pot rack 68kb

October 2018

Brian made this smart plant pot rack and Mark added the decoration.

little wood sorted
timber store organised 87kb

September 2018

We begin to get the new wood store organised.

Steve's cake stand-2

August 2018

Steve made both this unique cake stand and also these ‘lollipop cakes’!

members with new sign 104kb

November 2018

Brian made this large sign for the front of the shed. It is rather grand!

Brian's picnic table 196kb

October 2018

Enjoying autumn sunshine and testing Brian’s design for a new picnic table – all made from pallet timber!

Letter box 84kb

Sepember 2018

We add a letter box to the new wood store.

sawing trestles by Brian 144kb

July 2018

Brian made these brilliant sawing trestles.

P1010116 Marks coasters 2

April 2018

Mark has been busy making coasters for a sale of goods later in the year.

Robin1
Robin2

October 2018

I bet Brian is going to have a few people trying to copy these robins!

wide shelves at Toby H

October 2018

Rob and Brian made these large shelves for the Toby Henderson Autistic Centre.

Mark's window boxes

August 2018

Mark likes to give himself a challenge – these dovetails are so accurate!

Notice Boards 122kb

May 2018

An order was placed by Bedlington Dr Pitt Allotments for 5 outdoor notice boards.Two shown here.

P1010117 Marks candle holders

April 2018

Mark also made these candle holders.

20180327_143731

March 2018

Brian topping out with the final roof panel of our marvellous new lean-to.

Brians eagle at allotment

January 2018

The eagle landed at the allotment and fitted with a rotating base, so its a weather vane as well !

George20180126_154706[1]

January 2018

George is making this base for a golf trophy. He is using a mini router for accuracy.

brian + Alistair cube

April 2017

Brian made a new adapter for a circular saw blade when a request came in from the Autistic Centre requiring a cube to be constructed. This filled a Friday afternoon for Brian and Adrian.

20180327_143618

March 2018

Building the new store. Soon we will have a secure place for all our timber.

eagle smaller-1010101

January 2018

Brian’s eagle has a scary look so the crops do survive and the pigeons stay away!

bird table

December 2017

Rob completed his bird table, made from recycled maple, which came from the London Underground 

Rob+Dennis fish numbers8okb

March 2017

Phil who runs Sleekburn Trout Fishery wants numbers for each of his fishing jetties. Dennis and Rob are learning how to use a router to do stylish signs in treated softwood. Maybe, we’ll start a sign writing money making venture?

Slide strengthened for Toby H-110923

February 2018

Rob strengthened this slide for the wonderful Toby Henderson Trust, which does great work with children on the autistic spectrum. I am sure George the Labrador inspecting considered his work satisfactory! 

pile of ply-075833

June 2017

We are gifted several loads of plywood from Carlisle Railway station refurbishment. Ideas now needed for projects using ply!

small -160109
Marks chopping board20170216_160153

February 2017

Mark made this chopping board for his cousin, hope she likes it. Top marks for quality! To do the grooves he first had to refurbish a very old router and fix it to a donated router table.

s.

comp-7380

January 2017

We made a metal ramp to help Fresh element move their heavy wheeled racks.

Me sawing _DSC7356

November 2016

We need a bigger tool rack.

comp-160949
20160831_161007

August 2016

We put new safety edging in two observation rooms at the Autistic Centre.

NE organics vice 20170128_122848
20170216_160208

January 2017

NE Organics kindly let us rescue three lovely heavy vices.

comp-7348

October 2016

Is it straight? We put this sign up for the Toby Henderson Autistic Centre.
A little tricky because we had to move the light first!

Strong bench nearly finished
20160907_103806

August 2016

We built a strong bench with hammer-tight mortice and tenon joints.

Steve dennis and Mark sawing_DSC7384

January 2017

 Steve and Dennis help Mark to make – yet more – shelving

comp-7346

September 2016

We receive several more donations of tools.

 

20160907_104445
Magic door 96kb

August 2016

We made a ‘magic door’ for the Earth Balance play area.

Mark+Rob need members 92kb

July 2016

We need more members! Some people are busy for the summer, though 8 new people turn up one Friday!

untitled-7365
untitled-7364

May 2016

We clear rough ground and help make a herb garden on Earth Balance site for ‘Fresh Element’ – they have the restaurant at the Baltic! 

_DSC7340

March 2016

A setback

We have the use of the grass roofed building, but one director worried about safety blocks a gift of tools.

Site for the new play area or treehouse20160305_144921

Early 2016

Earth Balance wants a play area here.

comp-7347

April 2016

Kind people donate tools: We get this woodwork lathe working.

come join us at earth balance mens shed

February 2016

We deliver hundreds of leaflets to encourage new members.

20160325_153305

February 2016

Two members
No tools
No materials
Lots of live willow

20160513_143244

April 2016

We spend £214 lottery fund money on new tools.

comp-

March 2016

We wonder, “Can we build a tree house?”

 

20160325_161126
20160325_161110

February 2016

Lots of support from Keith Nicholson, manager of Earth Balance site.

We decide to teach ourselves willow weaving!