Elwy Working Woods
With James Walmsley’s encouragement we applied for and got a grant from Woodland Heritage towards a £10,000 improvement project which included improving access, buying and installing a generator, reroofing our timber drying shed and running our first course; a women only timber framing course during which we would build our new composting toilet block.
To cut this long story short, we finally tracked down a suitable generator and a qualified electrician to wire up the workshop for single and three phase, there being no mains supply within four hundred yards of the place. Not all the machines are running smoothly yet; the big 4-side planer still needs a bit of work but the smaller planer and bandsaw are constantly in use and have attracted more people to the place knowing that they can process the timber they buy. Our membership has increased by 10% since we flicked the switch!
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Adrian Farey, Elwy Working Woods.