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Shed fires up for toy craze

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Leschenault Men's Shed member George Davidson has been busy building firetrucks for a good cause with the help from treasurer Frank Costello and president John Wilson.
Camera IconLeschenault Men's Shed member George Davidson has been busy building firetrucks for a good cause with the help from treasurer Frank Costello and president John Wilson. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Bright red fire trucks are all the craze at the Leschenault Men’s Shed after a photo posted on their Facebook page of the handmade wooden toys unintentionally piqued public interest.

Earlier in the year the Leschenault Men’s Shed was approached by William Barrett & Sons to create some small toys for the Biggest Morning Tea event held in May.

Driving the project, George Davidson constructed a range of wooden toys including rocking reindeer, diggers and fire trucks. Once construction of the first wooden fire truck was complete, Leschenault Men’s Shed treasurer Frank Costello took it to Mason Signs. “One of the staff members, Tracey Mason, told us they had just done done some signage for the Volunteer Fire and Rescue truck in Collie and sent a picture of it off to one of the Collie firefighters,” Mr Davidson said.

“Not too long after that we had a request from him asking how much it would cost for us to make him one for his grandson.”

Mr Davidson said since the photo of the wooden fire truck toys was uploaded to the Leschenault Men’s Shed Facebook page they have had continuous requests.

“Orders for these fire trucks keep coming in with people asking if we can make them in time for Christmas,” he said.

“It has been a lot of fun working on them and we are always happy to do something like this for a good cause.”

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