Learning a new craft

Michelle Wallis will teach a cheeseboard making class. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 235072_03

By Alesha Capone

Michelle Wallis discovered a whole new skill set and passion when she began learning woodwork at a Werribee community shed about six years ago.

Mrs Wallis said that in August 2015, after helping her father tidy his house, she donated some items to the Men’s Shed and Wyndham Park Community Shed, which are located adjacent to the Wyndham Park Community Centre.

While there, she found out about a carpentry group for women.

Mrs Wallis started attending and learned the crafts of wood turning, wood burning and nail art.

She became so adept at woodwork that two years later she was asked to supervise the women’s group and help out newcomers.

She also taught a women’s beginner carpentry course, using hand tools and big machinery.

Mrs Wallis said she has been employed in accounts receivable most of her adult life, now works as a project officer at the community shed.

She also volunteers at the community centre, including in reception and the foodbank.

“I like giving back to people, seeing what people can do and what they can create,” Mrs Wallis said.

She also makes everything from small wooden mice to bowls, ornaments and kayak paddles, out of timber donated by the public.

“I enjoy seeing something made out of an item you would otherwise burn or put into the rubbish, and turning it into something beautiful,” she said.

On Saturday, from 9am to midday, Mrs Wallis will teach a cheeseboard making session at the Wyndham Park Community Shed.

“It’s a three hour class, you get to use quite a few different tools and get to take the cheeseboard home,” she said.

Bookings for the sessions are essential. Contact: contact Kerrell on 8742 3975 or admin@wyndhamparkcc.com.au. Cost: $60.

The Community Shed also offers woodwork, metalwork and pottery for women (Mondays 9am – 3pm) and men (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am – 3pm), with membership fees $50 per annum. Details: