Woodworker carves niche
They say idle hands are the devil’s workshop but Burekup man Roy Smith uses his to create something truly special.
After more than 50 years of woodworking and building furniture, Mr Smith turned his attention to building model cars out of recycled wood.
The former boss of the Bunbury Fire Station took up the hobby when he found himself bored with retirement and will be entering his creations in the Brunswick Show’s woodworking competition for the first time.
Mr Smith said he found a website with instructions and quickly began elaborating on them.
“I don’t stick to the plans but they give me ideas — I stopped using plans after the first few models,” Mr Smith said.
“I thought ‘these don’t look good enough’, so I started making changes.”
In the past three years, Mr Smith has built 15 models, mostly based on classic cars from the 1930s.
Mr Smith often works from donated or scrap materials with his parts of his latest model sourced from an old door frame in the Burekup Hall.
He said the latest model was always his favourite but he was particularly proud of a large tractor he built. The models include features such functional doors and Mr Smith builds everything himself except for the wheels.
With only two categories for the woodworking competitions, Mr Smith had to submit his models to the children’s toys section.
Woodworker Roy Smith in his Burekup workshop, where he builds intricate model cars from recycled wood.
One of Mr Smith’s many creations.