In April, the Forge hosted two socials, held their second Annual General Meeting, gave feedback to MSc Sustainable Design students, and finished building the exterior for their new shed workshop.

The AGM brought reflections about everything the Forge had achieved in the last year. Developments throughout the year includes: a new director; tripled membership; outdoor shelter on wood workshop created; new health & safety inductions; events (e.g. Christmas tree burning and Halloween Spooktacula); and new tools (e.g. mitre saw, radial arm saw, MIG welder, belt sander and more).

In April the Forge also attended the second presentations by MSc Sustainable Design students on their ideas for developments along the Union Canal. Designs were inspirational, including plans for building communities, and introducing spaces for relaxation and interactions with nature. The Forge attended two of these events, which provided MSc students with input from the communities active along the canal.

The exterior of our new shed has been finished this month. Once the interior has been fitted, it will home large woodwork power tools, such as tables saws, so that the existing wood workshop has more space.

The Forge also began its Forge Socials in April. Members mingled around a BBQ for the first, and the second was an open event that included a demonstration on the lathe by James, who turned a beautiful bowl.