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I just had a bad thought . I suppose it’s an alcohol free zone

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I just had a bad thought . I suppose it’s an alcohol free zone
you'd dry out and your health would improve...
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you'd dry out and your health would improve...
I drink once every two months on average . Not sure if it’s effecting my health to adversely,but who knows

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Great article Jon when I get old enough to retire I might look into something like that.
Don't have time now, only 72 so have a few years to go yet.
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Great article. Most, but not all, need social contacts to keep a healthy mental balance. Or so I've heard. Groups like this are a big boost in both great advice and a place to share. I've got some family, an astronomy club, and outside work occasionally at some personal and university observatories. Going to astronomy conferences, mainly to stay fresh with astroimaging really gives me a boost after a long winter. This idea of doing something to benefit others is also rewarding. I joined my local rescue squad some years ago and ran every Thursday night from 6pm-6am but recently had to drop back to a support position as it was wearing my knee replacements more quickly than expected. Those 300+ pound patients are heavier than they use to be and the new cots we use are 110 pounds empty (motorized). Add stairs and a patient that is totally immobile and you have some serious lifting to do.

Now my biggest challenge is a 4x8 sheet of plywood but with the help of a cart I bought from Rockler it really makes it much easier. That and the addition to the tracksaw. Still can't comfortably kneel without feeling it for days afterward. Need to build a 4x8 cutoff table and get a sheet of foam insulation.

Back to the article, this seems like a great way for groups to get together. In the country I'm not so sure how far people would drive to meet. One advantage to towns and cities. My astronomy club meeting is 40 minutes drive and does determine if I go depending on weather/how I feel.

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I have been with the Glenwood Men’s Shed in Sydney’s West for a couple years now. We have a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. A couple special needs carers bring their charges in, who mostly watch but can use safe tools if carer and committee deem it safe. Two father and son teams and a number of retirees that just need to escape the likewise retired wife.

I am young, in the mid 40s and have no friends living nearby. Picked up wood working as a hobby years ago so was interested in the concept of a place to go to for access to machinery. But found the benefits of having people to chat with on almost any subject is phenomenal in fighting depression. Now I am a committee member and the go-to man for a lot of advice and use of the bigger tools.

The most important time is the lunch break. We ring the bell and machines go off and we sit down and discuss how to fix the world, as men tend to do. Outside of Winter we have our own monthly bbq. Sometimes people will bring in something special to share.

Grants come from government and the church that owns the building (I think it was an old scout hall) for the bigger machinery and building improvements. Many hand tools are donations from widowers. Timber is sold to members at very reasonable rates. Screws, nails, glue, and 2nd hand paint is free.

We mostly work on our own projects. Sometimes we’ll do props for children’s shows like the castle entrance we put together. But usually it just pen turning or kitchen shelving. Smaller one man jobs.

One of the founders was also young (50s) and still working. Had a hard life. Most of his skin was burn scarred from a paint fume explosion in a confined space. He passed away last year when his body kind of quit on him. Within a week we had gathered the troops, bought materials and build him a 6 sided casket. It was the first real group project and it was a beautiful result.

Now we are making toys for Somalian refuge children.
Some of us go over to villages in Papua New Guinea and help erect and repair buildings in places that patrol nights with bow and arrow to guard themselves from raids.

Most people would be happy to pay $5-$10 to use the facilities for a day. We currently charge $50 a year for membership after first 3 free visits. Open 2 days a week with the option to do extra days if committee members are available. Opportunity to go to places like PNG and see another way of living. If your local Men’s Shed doesn’t have the tools for your project you will likely find they have the tools to make the tools for your project.
Check them out or contact the Men’s Shed Association for info on setting up a place for your community.
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Based on "Opy's" comments I checked out the Men's Shed Association and regrettably there are only 3 in the US, 1 of which is in Hawaii. Bit of a commute there. There are wood "clubs" and "guilds" around but they don't seem to fit the same description.

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Most of the gated estates for the over 50's here in Western Australia have Men's sheds, in addition, many suburbs also have them, the two that I have visited were well equipped by, I was told, retirees. I don't know if the councils also equip them.

https://www.mensshedswa.org.au/
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@harrysin That really sounds like a great place to hang out. I've been involved, president, VP of our Seniors With Inquiring Minds group here on the edge of the Mojave Desert for about 14 years. At one time there were many men with engineering and other strong careers who were members. Unfortunately, the group has changed with the death of most of those members. When I joined, I was in my late 50s, now 75. The group is mainly women, and I honestly miss the company of other guys. The local community college has woodworking classes, but it's not an open sort of meeting and you have to keep enrolling and paying tuition, not a fun process. Unfortunately, the commute to Perth is just a little too far, but wish I was there.
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