Simple wooden pallets transformed into boxes of beauty in aid of Action Mental Health

Men’s Shedder, Jim Curran (left) welcomes the consignment of wooden pallets from Brian Armstrong of Balcas, Enniskillen

Wooden pallets have been transformed into beautiful window and bird boxes by the skilled hands of the members of the Men’s Shed based at AMH New Horizons Fermanagh.

The simple wooden pallets, provided by Balcas sawmill in Enniskillen, fired the imaginations of the ‘shedders’ who turned their bandsaws, planes and lathes to the wood to create window boxes, bird boxes and a whole host of other products.

The attractive pieces are now on sale from the Men’s Shed at AMH New Horizons, Drumcoo in Enniskillen with all proceeds raised going to Action Mental Health to help support its Men’s Shed and its myriad other services which cater for all ages of society across Northern Ireland.

The donation of pallets marks the third year that Balcas have made the contribution of material which enable the men to craft their products. As a token of their appreciation, the Men’s Shed will gift Balcas with a few large planters to adorn their office front at Killadeas Road, Enniskillen.

The Men’s Shed is a project for men aged 50 plus, where they share skills, socialise and connect with their wider community. Members work on a variety of practical activities, learn new skills, exchange ideas, make friendships and support each other. The Men’s Shed is open to men aged 50 years. The Shed survives through donations, sales and a voluntary contribution of £10 a month from the members.

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