Our men's shed is rocking

Peter Dixon made a beautiful sewing box.  July 2021.

Peter Dixon made a beautiful Mah-jong cabinet to hold the mah-jong tiles. Truly a work of art!. June 2021.


Moments before the hungry horde of shed members assembled for a feast of sausages and hamburgers at the first monthly BBQ in 2021 on 28 January

The first (hopefully of several) wine appreciation classes conducted by our own connoisseur Tony Hart in March 2021


The manager of the North Balwyn Commonwealth Bank, Mr Michael Jacobs presenting Shed President, Tony Hart, and Board Member, Bernie Smith, with a donation of $500 for the development of the Shed's raised garden.

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After feeding the multitude of 32 fellow members at the Men’s Shed’s Annual Christmas BBQ, the hard working President Tony, Secretary David and Treasurer Greg enjoy what little food was left over


Preparations for reopening the shed on 16 November 2020


Christmas BBQ attended by some 30 regular members on 20th December, 2019

CBA North Balwyn manager, Ms Emma Qi, presents a $500 community grant to the shed to be used for the raised garden currently under construction.

David and John with the street library being made for the City of Boroondara, which will be placed in Glenferrie Rd in 2020.


A room divider created by John Rennie for Boroondara Preschool


Shed members enjoying a delicious BBQ lunch of sausages, hamburgers and salads.


Ms Emma Qi, Acting Manager, CBA Bank, North Balwyn, presented our shed with a $500 community grant. Funds are to be used to buy plants and shrubs for a raised garden bed at the shed.


Servants Community Housing, which provides safe and low-cost housing for people in need in Boroondara, wanted an innovative way to display information at public events. David Hattam, created a unique “Fund Raising Generator”, a model rooming house with small doors containing handouts.


Tony with a prototype postcard display stand made for the Alamein Neighbourhood Learning Centre. 


The dolls house from the Yongala Kindergarten in the process of being repaired by Peter and Bernie.

Our shed management was recently contacted by Emma Lloyde, Co-Educator at Boroondara Preschool. She asked us to construct a gum boot rack suitable for storing eight pairs of gum boots. Activities Co-ordinator, Ron Lear, agreed to take on the task.

Ron delivered the finished article to the school last week and it's now being put to good use by the students after they have been playing in the sand pit and other out door areas.


Fabulous hand crafted goods made by NBCMS members for sale at Camberwell Market


Peter Elliott conducts the introductory training session to 23 shed members.
Similar training sessions have now covered most of the power tools in the shed.


This lovely garden library was designed and built by Bill Mackey at NBMS and now lives in the yard of a shed friend in Belmore Rd. Locals can drop in and pick up books free of charge. Bunnings kindly donated $150.00 in gift vouchers to cover the cost of the Library.


Bill with his beloved patented custom built-garden library


Bill demonstrates that cleanliness is next to godliness


Tony glues the sides on the bridge score card containers


Chang is assembling his mah-jong box


John's completing the shed's new trestle table

Rotarian Phillip Wade conducting a seminar on how to use a defibrillator for 24 members

Local ward councillor Felicity Sinfield and shed supervisor Bernie Smith discussing proposed facility modifications

Men's shedders are enjoying a demonstration given by Peter Elliott on how to use a “thicknesser”, a handy machine used to plane a piece of wood to a desired thickness. A thicknesser can transform a dirty old piece of wood into a beautiful piece of timber. Similar machinery demonstrations are scheduled for the coming weeks. 

Being productive in our shed

Trains and pencil boxes assembled and painted by men’s shedders to sell at the North Balwyn Rotary Ladies Christmas Fair stall in North Balwyn Village. Most of the proceeds will go to the Ashburton Asylum Seekers Support Group.

Bee Hotel boxes made for Boroondara Council for their parks and gardens

Dolls houses made at the shed for sale

Bird Breeding boxes to be sold later in the year

David Hattam's shoe storage unit awaiting painting

Everyone is having such a rich time in the shed.  

Bernie Smith, Peter Finton and Tony Woodhouse

More than 30 members attended a jolly morning tea preceding our Christmas BBQ lunch.

Peter Elliott, Bernie Smith and Tony Hart figuring out how to restore an antique dolls pram

Shed members are enjoying a rich experience. Jim Verginis finishes off his new bread cutting board and scores a few brownie points at home. Geoff Griffiths uses the bench saw to prepare the wood to make a materials trolley for use in the shed. Peter Fitton and Awtar Dhillon are making a  prototype workshop stool. Several of the members enjoy coffee and biscuits and a good chat at morning tea time. The menu varies and includes raisin toast, cinnamon buns, cream sponge and various mixed biscuits.

Members Peter Fitton (left) &

Noel Browne (right) working on their creations.

Ron Lear mans the drop saw watched by Awtar Dhillon. (Left)

Bernie Smith and Peter Elliott discuss plans for creating stools. (Right)

The shed is ready for action

Federal Member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, presents a $20,000 grant to assist in the fitout of the shed. The money was donated from the Federal Government Infrastructure Fund.

L-R: Rotarian, David Cheney, Secretary, NBCMS; Ms Betty Collins OAM, President, North Balwyn Bowling Club; Rotarian Tony Hart, Chairman, NBCMS; The Hon Josh Frydenberg, Rotarian, Bernie Smith, Project Manager, NBCMS

Unloading the new pizza oven. August 21

Not our normal morning tea! Cream sponge cake made by Noel (one of our members), Boston bun and Arnotts Family favourites and Assorted creams. August 21

A bright blue street library made by a shed member for a resident of Kew in April 2022