Hammering Away: Woodshop Allows Residents to Continue Passion Projects

Arts and crafts come in different shapes and sizes, and at Friendship Village of Dublin, the woodshop allows residents to put their skills to the test and continue their hobbies throughout retirement.


Stocked with equipment and materials, residents take on projects such as woodworking, carpentry and stained glass creation at their own pace.


“The woodshop is free for residents to use and we can provide instruction on an individual basis,” said Don Neff, nine-year resident of the community. “There are about 30 residents who use the woodshop, and you can sometimes find anywhere from five to 10 working.”

As chairman of the committee who oversees the woodshop, Neff serves as the point of contact for its operations, ensuring all machinery is working properly and residents have everything they need for project production. Neff also provides a helping hand to those interested in the craft. 

“I simply take care of the woodshop and help anyone who needs guidance,” said Neff. “We can take a beginner and show them how to use a machine.”

With one quick glance into the woodshop, one could easily see the variety of projects completed by these talented residents. 


“We have one resident that works mainly with model kits, small boats and wagons and does a great job,” said Neff. “Another resident recently created displays for the art room, which was very nicely done.”  


Along with these original works, the woodshop also services those in need of repairs. From furniture to beloved collectables, residents are able to bring damaged items to the woodshop for restoration. 

“Quite a few residents use this service as these repairs are done at no cost to the resident and they only provide payment if there are additional parts we need to purchase,” said Neff. “Residents make donations that helps us maintain stock of nails, paints and tools.” 

Working towards continuous improvement and accessibility for all who use the woodshop, Neff’s current project is centered around reorganizing for ease of use. 

“We’re rearranging all the tools so they are more convenient to work with and simplifying placement of equipment,” said Neff. 

All in all, Neff and other handy residents see the woodshop as a place to pursue their acquired skill sets or begin a new hobby. 

“I could spend eight hours a day down there,” said Neff. “It’s all here for us to use and I really enjoy it.”

Are you looking for a community that lets you thrive in retirement? Friendship Village of Dublin offers a unique retirement experience that brings together social connection, high-end amenities and holistic LifeCare services – all for a steady rate, regardless if your needs or circumstances change as you age. If you’re interested in learning more about our community, schedule a visit.

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