The activities undertaken by the members of the Black Isle Men's Shed include (a) 'one off' projects for local community organisation, (b) the creation of certain products which are put into stock prior to being sold and (c) any other activity relating to a member's particular interest where they need to use Shed equipment or tap into the knowledge of other members.
The list below describes some of the activities of Shed members.
Planters and Pens
Whilst the members of the Shed are free to pursue their particular interests they are also welcome to get involved with the creation of 'stock items' which can be sold to the public thereby generate welcome income to help with our running costs.
At present we are producing sturdy wooden planters and a range of beautiful hand turned pens in a variety of wood. If you have not built a planter or turned a pen then no problem - we have experienced members who are happy to give you all the help and advice on equipment which may be required to make sure you can help with either activity.
Please use the Signup Option on the Diary Page to let us know the date(s) when you plan to be at the Shed.
Avoch Primary School Mural Project
The creation of a mural featuring the fauna and flora of the local area.
The pupils of Avoch Primary School designed the shapes which became the templates and the members of the Black Isle Men's Shed then created the wooden shapes which once painted, will be affixed to a board and displayed in the school.
A very succesful and rewarding project which connected the old gadgies from the Shed with the kids of the school!
Please click here for photos of the opening ceremony. (Opens in a new browser window.)
Black Isle Cares Outdoor Furniture Project
We were asked to build a table and bench for the Black Isle Cares organisation.
North Kessock Ticket Office Project
The Old Ticket Office at North Kessock has been turned into a community hub by a group of local residents and they ask us to see if we could install a dolphin hydrophone in the building to allow visitors and locals listen to the animals which frequent the Firth. This has been achieved using a radio link from a hydrophone at South Kessock pier.
A laptop with specialist software, a 'dongle' based receiver and wireless speakers in the North Kessock building are in the process of being commissioned in time for the arrival of the dolphins in Spring.
Members are also welcome to bring in their own projects into the Shed and to work on them.
Pictured here is John Tuach replacing the grips on ten of his golf clubs.
Apart from the satisfaction of learning how to do something new, this is also a great way to save a serious amount of cash when compared to the cost of having the same re-gripping job done commercially.