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Pop's Shed

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 17th 2020
Turn up to turn out wooden products
If you expect to see a grandfather working away in Pop's Shed, you will be disappointed.

Pop's shed
Looking into Pop's Shed.

What then does Pop do in his shed? Manager James said his father started the business about ten years ago and he has taken over running the business.

wooden blanks
James holding one of the many bowl banks available.

The first thing that takes your eye are racks of round wooden blanks, which is the starting point for making wooden bowls. From a distance, you could be forgiven for thinking they were rounds of cheese.

Bowl blanks
The large display of future bowls.

Pop's Shed is a specialist wood turning and wood carving store offering tools, machinery, timber and training.

shed interior
The shed interior.

They have a great range of accessories for beginners and the experienced woodworker. A large variety of different timbers available as well as plenty of kits to add value to your turned products.

clock faces
Accessories for making wooden clocks.

A popular project for many woodturners is wooden barreled ball-point pens. They start as just a small block of wood, available in a multitude of different woods. To complete your pens production, Pop's Shed can supply all the non-wood parts to make your pens workable.

pen blanks
The start of pens.

wooden pen
The end product.

If you are after a lathe or turning tools, dust extractors or sanders check them out. A large range of finishing products are available as well.

wood turning lathe
A wood turning lathe.

Wooden products have a certain beauty about them and although Pop only sells the raw materials for wood tuning, the raw wood also has an intrinsic beauty.

nuts & burls
Banksia nuts & burls are a popular raw material.

wood turning materials.
Wood turning materials.

In a closed room, at the back of the 'shed', are three large wood lathes where lessons are given in wood turning. Lessons are held every Saturday morning commencing at 9.00 am. You can be given an introduction to wood-turning, how to use lathes and training in bowl turning. Due to the current health crisis, training has been suspended. Ring them in the near future for up to date details.

large wood lathes
Industrial strength lathes.

Pop's Shed is in an almost hidden position about 200 metres from Maroondah Highway, behind the Harvey Norman complex and opposite the Kings swimming centre. Like all specialist shops the enthusiasts will seek them out.

You could almost say the wood turners are wood alchemists, creating something else through a seemingly magical process.

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Why? It's an unique experience, to learn an unique craft.
When: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Phone: 9727-0611
Where: Unit 10B of 286 to 288 Maroondah Hwy. Chirnside Park.
Your Comment
I wood love to visit this place!
by May Cross (score: 3|7861) 400 days ago
Our local woodworking group has a Christmas shop every year where we can buy these sorts of things, but I had never given any thought to where they go all the clock and pen bits.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 399 days ago
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