Wood­worker carves niche

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 2018 BRUNSWICK SHOW - Sam Gibbs

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.

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler

Wood­worker Roy Smith in his Burekup work­shop, where he builds in­tri­cate model cars from re­cy­cled wood.

One of Mr Smith’s many cre­ations.

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