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