A Bank Demonstrates Real Values??!!!

BankWest in Australia has recently conducted a shed survey across the country, with some interesting results – the most surprising being that a bank has actually looked up from their own navels and had a look at something that has importance to a number of its customers.

Bankwest Shed Index
4 September 2009

Today Bankwest released the latest research in its Social Indicator Series, the inaugural “Shed Index”.

So who is the typical shed user? 90% of primary shed users are men, spending two hours or less a week in the shed, generally wood turning, spray painting with some even installing a stereo or bar fridge to hang out in their backyard refuge.

The “Shed Index” also revealed some disturbing facts around sheds. Five per cent of sheds have been burgled, with thieves taking off with on average, contents worth $1,911, 16 per cent of men reported they had an accident in their shed, with one in five needing a trip to the doctors.

Whether women do or do not understand the importance of the Great Aussie Shed, there is no doubt that “shed time” is actually good for relationships with three out of four men said their partner didn’t mind them spending time in the back yard.

Interesting “Great Aussie Shed” Facts

* 65% of shed owners enjoy their shed time.
* Contents of the average shed are worth $8,908.00.
* 23% of men say the global financial crisis has stopped them buying tools for their shed (good hint for Father’s Day gifts).
* 6% of men say they’ve used part of the government’s stimulus package for their shed.
* 20% say their proudest achievement in their shed is building furniture.

Download a copy of the full report and a breakdown on each state below:

* Sheds National
* Sheds NSW
* Sheds VIC
* Sheds QLD
* Sheds WA
* Sheds SA
* Shed Results


Thanks for the heads-up Glenn!

A non-woodworker’s perspective

I had a cousin visiting today, who has had little exposure to woodworking, and certainly nothing to the scale of the sort of machines I have (and many other woodworkers have) in the shed.  As he mentioned, he has a single hand plane, and yet out there, there is something in the order of 10 planes, powered and unpowered, including planers and thicknessers (and my collection is nothing compared to many out there!)

It was actually quite fun showing someone around who was both really interested, and yet completely unaware of the existence of many of the machines I was showing.  He particularly enjoyed the framing nailgun – getting to fire 75mm nails into the wooden frame of the shed.

Getting to see the shed from a non-woodworker’s perspective really reminded me about just how enjoyable woodworking is – it is easy to become complacent about how capable our sheds are, and the skills that we have learned and refined over the years.  I still know I have an incredibly long way to go to reach the levels of competency I strive for, but this experience reminded me of how far I’ve also been fortunate to have been able to travel so far.

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