25 December 2008

Merry Chirstmas

Les Verity claims that he had a few spare hours on Christmas Day so he came in to the shed and worked on this beautiful rocking horse.

Go on admit it Les, you just cant stay away from the place !!

24 December 2008

Merry Christmas

The Kincumber Men poured the missing concrete at the front of The Shed on Monday and added, also a pad for a small water tank for Ernie's Garden. This is the tank Doug & John picked up from a mate who donated it for free too.

The Shed took delivery today of a New Pedestal drill for The Metal workers, the old drill has now a blown electric motor.

Wishing you and yours all the best for Christmas and a Great New year.

15 December 2008

Aunties & Uncles KMS Christmas

Michelle Parrish of the Aunties & Uncles was on hand again this year to collect the toys for distrubution to families on the Central Coast in need of a helping hand.

These wooden toys have been handcrafted over the year by some of our most experienced grandfather Santas' Helpers and very professional toy makers.

Michelle told the assembled multitude at the shed this morning about Peter's market research on the small wooden houses. Having left them on Michelle's desk she kept a sharp eye out on the response of little people to their presence in her office.

Not only did young boys entering the office immediately eyeball the toys, they proceeded to engage in play even to the extent of taking the items home at the end of the visit. Alas, when Peter asked for the return of his samples, there were not to return.

Never one to see the darker side of events, Peter realised that Santa's toymakers were on a winner after all and gave the go ahead for mass production .... well to make a few more at the very least. With small wooden houses and churches it was like toyland in the shed for the last few weeks.

Santas Hall of Fame

Welcome Auntie Michelle.

Most three year olds these days are aware that there is more than one Santa, so I would like to tell you about the santas of Kincumber Mens shed.

You would not believe how many Santas &
workers it takes to produce the toys we have here today for your little nieces & nephews.

This is our production Team. ...

Design & conception. ..........Santa Don, Jack & Wally
Promotion & Market research. ........... Santa Peter
Painting wheels & bodies. ............. Santa Frank & Len
Painting & decor of Buildings. ............. Santa John.
Experimental painting of houses & other buildings. .........Santas Graham & Charles
Construction of special vehicle kits. ...............Santa Ian
Construction of houses & motor bodies. ......... Santa Graham
construction of Transport vehicles & Graders. .............Santa Jack
Special tools for use in construction. ........Santas Allan & Dave
Experimental vehicle construction.........Santa Allan
Display & photography.........Santa John
Internet blog & publicity........Santa Kim

Plus many helpers in an advisory capacity.

On behalf of all the Members of the Kincumber Mens Shed I would like to present these Toys to distribute at Xmas

Santa Don.

12 December 2008

Peninsula Community Men's Shed

The Peninsular Community Men's Shed opens once a week.

Peter Lemay, from this Ettalong based shed, advises that it is open on Monday mornings from 9 am to noon. A group 7-9 chaps attends to engage in tasks of their own choosing or community projects.

This Men's Shed is located behind the Ettalong Baptist Church on the corner of Mailand Bay Drive and Barrenjoey Road.

Contact Peter Lemay via the Ettalong Baptist Church by...

Phone 4343 1237


Mail .........

Ettalong Baptist Church
cnr Maitland Bay Drive & Barrenjoey Road,
PO Box 131,
Ettalong NSW 2257

display cabinet

The Kincumber Men's Shed meeting room now has a display cabinet on the wall next to the Project White Board.

Sure it will be filled with notices, awards and trophies before too long.


The chaps at the shed have been hard at work making toys for christmas. Most of these toys will end up in Christmas Hampers distributed locally on the Central Coast. They will be donated during the Christmas BBQ.

woodturners treasure

A large pile of wood appeared on the lawn outside the shed. A generous donation for the woodturners, this apparently excellent for their turning material.

Shed stationary

Alan Hagan was working on making little pieces of wood into Shed Stationery.

Yes, he was busily turning out pen sets on the lathe. Here is the setup ready to start the process and a finished one set behind for comparison.

Place of Reflection

Thats a pun... the "reflections" in the title... but seriously, these are two items that suggest a bit of reflection.

On the far left of this photo is the "Project Board" where current projects are listed along with the Project Driver. . . a good record of whats currently important as projects and the person taking responsibilty for planning, progressing and finishing each Project.

Then there is the empty cabinet. . . lets see if that fills up with trophies, certificates of appreciation and tokens of gratitude. . . the Future !!

11 December 2008

Bad Boys

Hoppa was hard at work on the school desk being restored at the shed for the local butcher. The desk is certainly looking much revived now and the lads Hoppa and Phil, decided to try out the bench seat.

Unfortunately, they must have played up that morning or were talking too much when they could have been working.

The punishment was six of the best from Headmaster Charles.

09 December 2008

Christmas BBQ

Kincumber Men's Shed invites members, their families and interested members of the local community to the Kincumber Men's Shed Christmas Party and BBQ.

Sausages and bread will be well supplied and tea & coffee will be abundant. To round out the nutrional value of our meal, members are encouraged to turn up with a plate of salad to supplement the meal or something sweet to round out the feast.

The members of Kincumber Men's Shed will again donate toys to the Aunties & Uncles annual Christmas hamper appeal.

Looking forward to seeing you there from 10 am on Monday, 15 December 2008.

Please RSVP by 12 December 2008
to assist with catering. . .

by phone ...
0412 223 363

or email ...


01 December 2008

Mobile Men's Shed

Peter Jessop and Alan Sparkes discussing the height and function of the new superstructure for the Mobile Men's Shed.

This model shed mounted on a trailer donated by Tom Van Dam will be used to promote the Central Coast and Hunter Mens Sheds throughout the region.

Blame Kevin

I can't quite remember why they were blaming Kevin 07 but Ernie and Peter were certain that he did it.

It is good to see such happy smiling faces around the shed ... I am sure they are up to good and no good at the same time !!

No curmudgeons in this shed!!

Shed art

Perhaps it will become a major new movement in modern Australian art the art that depicts what happens in "the shed".

Of perhaps it is reminiscent of the the soviet and eastern bloc art that celebrates the worker achievements and see the form for art in the industrial landscape.

It certainly lifts the mood and spirit of the meeting room at Kincumber Men's Shed to have this painting decorating the walls of the meeting room.

Poems and paintings on the walls .... now maybe we should change the name to the Kincumber Craft and Culture Centre ... hmm..

Ode to the "Shed" Men

Hospital Art Inc have provided a literary accolade to the Kincumber Men's Shed. This Ode to the "Shed" Men was penned by Denny Burcher. The framed poem now hangs above the office desk in the meeting room.

Our thanks to both Denny and Hospital Art Inc.

24 November 2008

San Remo by night

The San Remo Community Men's Shed is well lit at night and makes a interesting study with the camera during this construction phase. The Neighbourhood Centre forecourt is well lit from on high and this illuminates not only the trees and parking area it also lights up the Men's Shed. How good will it all look with Christmas Decorations?

The men from Tri-Steel have been a little thwarted by the rainy weather. However, their steady progress means a locked up shed is not far off now.

Like a bush "Cathedral to Carpentry", with "Spires of Steel", the shell of the shed as it now stands looks magnificent among the trees. Industrial aesthetic meets illumination and nature.

20 November 2008

Retaining at The Entrance Mens Shed

Dropping by The Entrance Neigbourhood Centre occasionally provides the opportunity to see the progress towards the conctruction of The Entrance Men's Shed. Up until now not much physical activity on the building was visible. However, today there were more than profiles and disturbance of earth.

Here is construction for real. This retaining wall will support the concrete slab for The Entrance Men's Shed. The foundation for the building. An historic day in the long journey to provide a facility to support men in the local community.

19 November 2008

San Remo Community Men's Shed

Tsugio, George, Rob and Jim reviewing progress on the San Remo Community Men's Shed, after having their hearing checked during the group meeting in the Neighbourhood centre.

Construction is progressing as fast as possible given the inclement weather.

18 November 2008

Restless Radio

Who else was up at 4 am restlessly listening to early morning radio....

when young Ernie the gardener was on the broadcast waves...

singing the praises of the Kincumber Men's Shed ...

good on you Ernie ...

but get some sleep!!!

Construction Day

San Remo shedders covered all angles keeping an eye on the construction of the San Remo Community Men's Shed.

George turned up and captured video from early in the morning to any time during the day ... and inside the wire only because it was assembly day not construction zone. Keep out now or the men from Tri-Steel will let you know!!

Kim turned up with big camera to capture some of the action ... soon to appear on the San Remo blog ...

Don turned up mid morning to check out the action and see the culmination of work that started from meetings quite some time back now.

Finally, seeing the outcome of many meetings, discussions, drawings and financial analysis makes it all worthwhile

Pity George the First did not make it down today. However, his wife Barbara was eagerly taking photos with her new camera to keep him up to date on progress.

17 November 2008

San Rem Community Men's Shed

Erection of the San Remo Community Men's Shed commences today, 10 am Monday, 17 November 2008.

12 November 2008

school desk

The guys have spent a lot of time restoring the school-desk for the local butcher.

Who would have thought that Phil could get those tired old wooden boards to come to life like new timber.

The school-desk entered the shed in a dilapidated condition and after a rebuild, a sand back and recoat ... its fit for use in a school.. well probably not a modern day school. However the shed had on hand two
recalcitrant schoolboys who probably deserved the cane many times over and Charles was eager to get in on the act.

08 November 2008

Dowsing day

John the Mynah trap maker, took time off from the wiring and trap making. He was wandering about the front of the shed with two white plastic coated wires.

Dowsing for water is an ancient art and John was experimenting on the front lawn... at least he found the wetland!!

Not to be outdone Alan and Kim had go at dowsing for water around the shed ... if you ever run dry... give them a call.

07 November 2008

Parker UN

Frank Parker has reason to be proud with a son working for the UN Peackeeping force.

The photo taken from the magazine article that tells the about his son Ian Parker, his role with UN Peackeeping forces and his hard work and effort that has brought him to this role. Just ask Frank, he will be glad to tell you the full story.

Congratulations to the Parkers !!

a brush with the shed

Jien brought a small wooden table along for his first visit to the shed today. The crew had him stripping the old surface back with a sander and varnishing the surface before lunch.

The surface was dry enough to take the table away after some sandwiches and coffee. He also has a kit of wet and dry paper, a brush and some stain to finish off the surface tomorrow.

possum buckets

John Connor was hard at work today creating more micro-possum boxes... here are three of the finished products with swivel lids, handy entry holes and hanging chains they are all ready to go out into the wild...

just how many micro species
do you have in the backyard John?

04 November 2008

Hunter Men's Sheds

Roger Greenan - 4948 8618

Peter Torenbeek - 4990 1198

Fort Scratchley
Bill Hopkins - 4933 6692

Hawkins Village
Bob Walker - 0408 962 496

John Hubbard - 4934 1030

Salamander Bay
Allan Sams - 4984 7718
If all else fails contact
Hunter Region Men's Sheds Cluster Coordinator
David Helmers
0400 729 000

Central Coast Sheds

Kincumber Men's Shed
Peter Jessop - 0412 223 363

San Remo Community Men's Shed
San Remo Neighbourhood Centre - 4390 7888

The Entrance Men's Shed
Kevin Armstrong - 0425 854 586

Terrigal Men's Shed
Bob Watson - 4381 1995

Peninsula Men's Shed
Peter Lemay - 4343 1237

If all else fails contact
Central Coast Men's Sheds Cluster Coordinator
Kim Hopkins 0414 855 943

03 November 2008

Handbags and glasses

Who would have thought such innovation in the shed. When asked Les Verity was only too able explain the little shelf he has installed in the loo..

The "wee" shelf, (pun intended) is for the placing of spectacles whilst attending to ablutions. Peter, ever the engineer, requested a personal modification from his wifes suggestion. The hook beneath the "wee" shelf is for the hanging of handbags.

Mystery solved it is a "wee" shelf for glasses and handbags.

Toying with accuracy

Len is hard at work here ensuring that the prime-movers and the trailers all match for height and pin centres.

With Aunties and Uncles eager to have their hampers filled this year with toys from the Kincumber Mens Shed the push is on to have working and painted toys ready for the Christmas Hamper program.

Antique Indonesian

Charles was working on a small Indonesian side table. The wooden joints had started to separate so Charles was placing shivs of timber in the gap and gluing the joints back to full strength. At the same time Phil was preparing paints and varnishes to ensure the colours of the finished job would match the dark wood of the original carvings.

This small table was purchased in Indonesia about 50 years ago so it will soon be an antique ... and lovingly restored to its former glory.

Eggcup tower

At least it looks like an eggcup tower!!

Fascinating what a woodturner will turn out and leave laying about the shed ... beautiful pieces individually... aesthetically unique as a collective tower .... or are these a new programme at the shed for men's brekkie of soft boiled eggs and tea before work!!

Mobile Mens Shed

This may look like a well loved trailer that has earned a rest from its hard labours. However, it is in the process of being renovated to become the Mobile Men's Shed to promote Men's Sheds throughout the Central Coast and Hunter Region.

With funding from the Benevolent Society and the excellent skills of the Kincumber Mens Shed team this will be ready for fetes, fairs and community events throughout the region.

Many thanks to Tom Van Dam for the donation of the trailer and the generous transfer of title and 12 months registration.

29 October 2008

San Remo shed arrives

The San Remo Community Men's Shed arrived today. It was unloaded into the fenced enclosure.

The build phase of the shed will begin on 24th November with three ment taking one week to erect the shed.

The San Remo crew can hardly wait, with plans already underway on how to fit it out, machines already collected and waiting in storage. This shed should hit the ground running.

27 October 2008

Sorted Stuff

Alan Eaton and a crew of fine men have spent many hours sorting bottling, boxing and labelling many thousands of items for the Kincumber Men's Shed Store.

Here you see the outcome of their efforts. Neatly arranged, sorted and labeled boxes and plastic containers filled with the myriad items that it takes to complete the jobs that come our way.

The effort is much appreciated and it certainly assists productivity to be able to find that right screw, bolt, nut or fastener just when its needed.

Well done !!!

but has all that collection in the suitcase been finished?