Is it April already?

by lorraine hull

It is scary how time flies. I truly cannot believe it is the start of April 2016 already! We survived Christmas and The New Year, in fact we've already dealt with Easter and now we are happily trucking through in the lead up to end of financial year. 

So what's happened at Rainey Wood Works in all that time? If only the words 'A Lot' would suffice an appropriate answer to this question. Let's start with the latest and work back in time. 

Over the weekend I delivered a collection of Yard Games that I had created for the lovely people at Cathedral Square in Perth. These consisted of Mega Jenga, Noughts & Crosses, Dominoes and Bean Bag Toss aka Cornhole. This was a really fun project. For my business launch last year I made a Mega Jenga set & a Connect 4 set. However both of these items were rather rushed and so it was great to take my time and see what yard games were most viable to make for the intended market audience. It was also important to keep in mind the storage element of such games.

Last week I was invited to take part in an informal chat with the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment. We discussed the NEIS program. Its' good and bad points and the importance of making it accessible to more people around the country. Rainey Wood Works was included as one of the business' to be featured in the '30 Years of NEIS' celebratory publication. It was quite an honour to be included in this book and to join in discussions of the program.  

Back into March now, we celebrated the International Women's Day, which is always a big event for myself. I think it's vital that we celebrate all that women are doing across this wonderful country and point out some of the amazing opportunities we have available to us. I was invited to a Sundowner event by the Hon Liza Harvey. I attended this event with the CEO & Founder of TradeUP Australia, an organisation that I volunteer with. It was a great afternoon of networking with other women who are leaders in their chosen fields. 

In the same month (of March) I joined a hand full of other 'female tradies' to go into Morley SHS and chat about being a female in a male dominated industry, and the opportunities that we have available to us despite what we may believe or have been told previously. This was a great opportunity to really speak one on one with the year 12's. We gave a brief run down on each of our experiences and journeys and allowed the students time to ask us openly and frankly about anything relative to completing a trade, including how to deal with toilets on site. Morley SHS were incredibly accommodating to us and I hope that at least one of the students may have changed their mindset about what career possibilities are open to them 


Between Christmas and the start of the New Year and March I managed to get in a bunch of Carpentry jobs. These were residential jobs, fixing and repairing a pergola for one lady. Building a Walk in Robe for another lady, as well as various other tasks. I also spent some time in Hospital having a Laparoscopy. There were, unfortunatly, some complications during this surgery and what should have been a week or two recovery period extended into about six. This makes up for the majority of time missing from this timeline of events. The result of this surgery was a discovery that I have Endometriosis a life long disease that affects 1/10 women. This is something I'm learning to cope with and manage on a day to day basis but I look forward to continuing Rainey Wood Works and moving forward into more commissions and carpentry works. No such disease is going to keep me from doing what I love.