Sisters doing it for themselves in woodwork group
THIS year's Blackbutt Show featured an entire shed housing hundreds of woodwork pieces from the Timbertowns Woodworking Group, and it was the women who were taking the lead.
Timbertowns Woodworking Group secretary Marcia Blackford said more than a third of the group was made up of women, and she is one of two women in the leadership team.
"A lot of people walk in thinking we're a group just for men,” Ms Blackford said.
"But we most certainly are not. We're not just a men's shed.”
Ms Blackford said she loved working with timber.
"Our group has been going since the mid-90s, so definitely over 20 years,” she said.
"I've been involved for about 12 years, and I've also been secretary for just about that long.”
Ms Blackford contributed many of the pieces on show at the weekend.
"My favourite is the scroll saw,” she said.
"I do a lot of that. I like to cut out the names of my friends' and families' babies and make a wooden piece for them.”
Growing up in a regional area may have influenced Ms Blackford's interest in woodworking.
"I've been keen on it since I can remember,” Ms Blackford said.
"Then when I moved to Blackbutt over 13 years ago I heard about this group.”
And the rest was history.
Ms Blackford moved to Blackbutt to be closer to her children, who live in Brisbane.
"I really love it here,” she said.
"It's a good little community town.
"I always say there's something for everyone here in Blackbutt. I think the Blackbutt Show really shows that well.”
Making lifelong friends has been another perk of the Timbertowns Woodwork Group.
Ms Blackford said without the group she wouldn't have found her place in the community with such ease.
"We have a few younger ones in our group too,” she said.
"Shows are really important for getting the younger generations involved and interested in what our regional community groups do.
"I would love to see more young girls take up woodwork and join our group.”