Those wishing to get their woodworking fix but don’t have the space or the expertise to do it at home and/or on their own can benefit from the Cowichan Community Workshop.
“We’re a workshop that’s affiliated with the Cowichan Elder Care Co-op and we have an agreement with the Cowichan Station Area Association that runs the HUB at Cowichan Station,” explained Gerry Humeny, a lead organizer. “We’ve opened up a workshop for the community and everybody’s welcome. There’s going to be a membership fee and you have to become a member to use it.”
The workshop is currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s for everybody. Girls, boys, adults, kids, there’s a seniors membership rate, there’s a regular rate and then there’s a junior rate as well,” Humeny said. “When we get more people we’re going to open more hours, I hope. That’s my vision.”
“This was an idea brought about around September 2016,” Humeny said.
The group hopes to support the Cowichan Elder Care Co-op as far as doing some light maintenance around elders’ homes around the Cowichan Valley “to help keep them a little more independent and we’re going to help support the HUB’s maintenance and repairs down at Cowichan Station,” Humeny noted.
“And also we’re going to bring the older and younger generations together to pass on knowledge as far as building skills: wood crafts, woodworking, fix-it stuff, do-it-yourself repairs, light plumbing and electrical and stuff like that,” he said. “If you’re a home owner and you’re just starting out, just little stuff you can learn to make yourself a little more independent. We want to teach classes, too, for everybody if they want to learn woodworking.”
There’ll be lots of opportunities for hands-on work. All you need is an idea and some materials.
“If you live in an apartment and you don’t have room to build something and you have the itch to build, we can offer you services that way. We’ve got the tools there where you can come in with your own project, build your own project, get some advice if you need it,” Humeny said.