Bronx Park’s woodshop one of city’s finest

By Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

February 4, 2016

Jim visiting with Michaelene Ness, woodshop co-ordinator at the Bronx Park Community Centre Wood Shop.

It took five years of hard work to get the dust collection and electrical systems installed, but the Bronx Park woodshop has now been up and running for a year.

It’s one of the finest woodshops in the city and it’s open to the public. If you’re looking for a new hobby or just want to pick up some valuable life skills, why not check out their programs?

At the Bronx Park woodshop they believe that every person with an interest in woodworking should have the opportunity to learn the basics. And that’s what they had in mind when they designed their Introduction to Woodworking course.

Their instructors will show you how to use hand and power tools as well as larger woodworking machinery, giving you the familiarity and confidence you need to grow. Anyone who participates gets hands-on experience by building two projects over eight weeks.

Once you’ve got the essentials you can always move on to Woodworking II. In this course you can select your own project and work at your own pace. An instructor is always on hand to offer help and guidance. The woodshop also offers a variety of specialized classes for the more advanced student. Recent additions include "router essentials" and "baseboards and casings."

The current introductory course started in January and runs until early March, so be sure to keep a lookout for schedule updates. If you already have experience with woodworking you can also access the shop on a drop-on basis. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m. you can bring in your own material and use woodshop equipment to work on your own projects. It costs $8 to drop in, but you can also earn free drop-in passes by volunteering at the woodshop.

If you’d like to use the woodshop for drop-in you just need to take a short orientation course which covers basic safety for the facility. The next orientation session is on Feb. 10. Upon completion of the Safety Orientation class you will receive a safety card which is valid for three years.

Thank you to all the instructors and volunteers at the Bronx Park woodshop. You’re making Elmwood a better place to live. If you’re interested in taking a course at the woodshop, I encourage you to contact the facility manager at Check out their website at

If you have any questions about activities in Elmwood, please call my office at 204-415-1122, or check out my website at