[Around Town with Brett] Goshen's Woodworker's Guild

Everyone who knows Goshen knows the rich, artistic talents we are known for. Most people associate these talents with the Old Bag Factory, the many new shops and incubators around town, or the new Hawk's building and its residents. Many people though are unaware of the the many guilds found in the old Goshen lumberyard facility off of Washington Street. 

The three wise men (Ken Mirer, Dave Jester, & Dave Pottinger) trying to figure out how to fix the miter saw. Better for me to stay clear

The three wise men (Ken Mirer, Dave Jester, & Dave Pottinger) trying to figure out how to fix the miter saw. Better for me to stay clear

I have been an active member of the Goshen Woodworker's Guild for the past 10 years. My passion for hobby woodworking began when I was in elementary school. At the time my father, Pete Weddell, was the industrial tech (known as shop class at the time) teacher at Whiteman Junior High.

Saturday mornings involved dad and I going into the shop. While dad worked on projects for his class, I had free reign to build from the scrap pile. My projects have definitely progressed from those early days, but I still find it just as exciting and relaxing to find myself covered in sawdust. 

my antique tube radio project. It's been too long since I have had a chance to work on it.

my antique tube radio project. It's been too long since I have had a chance to work on it.

For those of you who are not familiar with this hidden gem, the woodworker's guild occupies the south buildings of what is now known as the Farmer's Market. We have more than 35 members who pay a monthly fee to have access to the facility. The tools are either donated from the members, donated from area manufacturers or purchased using member dues. 

The Woodworker's Guild is located just across the Mill Race Canal from the revitalized powerhouse patio which houses internationally-renowned Goshen sculptor, John Mishler's, recent installation.

The Woodworker's Guild is located just across the Mill Race Canal from the revitalized powerhouse patio which houses internationally-renowned Goshen sculptor, John Mishler's, recent installation.

The best part of the guild is the vast knowledge of the members, and their willingness to set aside their own projects to help those of us that know just enough to be dangerous. Whether it is a small project like turning a pen/pencil set on the wood lathes, or a large project like building four toy boxes at one time (why build one when you can build multiples), the guild can handle the job.

I love being able to make handcrafted projects to be given as gifts. Not only do I get the satisfaction of making something with my hands, but the recipient knows the gift really means something because I made it.

Brett Weddell Goshen City Council At Large Indiana Elections 2015

Here's to many more handmade projects,
Brett Weddell for Goshen City Council At-Large


Learn more

Visit our Facebook page or read this Elkhart Truth article.


Upcoming Events

Comment

Brett Weddell

I have lived in Goshen my entire life, 39 years this May. I married my high school sweetheart, Robin, and we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary this August. We have two energetic sons, Lleyton and Merrill, along with two border collies, Lex and Frannie. I attended Waterford Elementary School, Towncrest Junior High School and Goshen High School. The same schools my father attended and the same schools my children currently attend. Post high school, I received a Bachelor's in Optometry from Indiana University, Bloomington, followed by my Doctor of Optometry in 2001. Robin graduated from Goshen High School and is a Goshen College alum. I am co-owner of Wellington & Weddell Eye Care located in downtown Goshen. WWEC was founded in 1926 and has been a part of downtown Goshen since its beginning. As a small business owner, I bring to the table my experience with creating and meeting budgets and the ability to make difficult decisions required of leaders. As a healthcare provider, I exhibit compassion and empathy towards everyone. I am able to listen, and make decisions that directly affect my patients. I am always looking out for my patient’s best interests, just as I am serving my community.