Re­cy­clers un­veil a Christ­mas gift

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TWO Perth men giv­ing new life to old news­pa­pers has un­veiled a piece nine months in the mak­ing.

Re­ally Use­ful Re­cy­clers co­founders Josh Flintoff (19) and Court­ney Smith (20) spent more than 100 hours “cutting, rolling, past­ing, bond­ing and var­nish­ing” to bring the 63cm tall Christ­mas tree to life.

“It takes a long time to pre­pare and we need to fac­tor in the wait­ing time be­tween each step, our daily de­mands and the weather,” Josh’s proud mum Deb Flintoff said.

“We also fac­tor in the skill and con­cen­tra­tion el­e­ment as it is very im­por­tant to en­sure the guys are en­gaged and will­ingly pro­duc­tive.”

Those keen to se­cure the tree can bid on the cre­ation dur­ing a silent auc­tion at the Mosman Craft Mar­kets in Mosman Park this Sun­day.

The tree comes with a wooden base made by the Mosman Park Men’s Shed.

Pro­ceeds from the sale will be put back into The Re­ally Use­ful Re­cy­clers to help in­crease their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Re­ally Use­ful Re­cy­clers was set up af­ter Mr Smith and Mr Flintoff, who are both on the autism spec­trum, had dif­fi­culty find­ing em­ploy­ment.

The joint ven­ture has thrived, with their work prov­ing pop­u­lar and their fan base in­creas­ing all the time.

Court­ney’s mum Del Smith said the Christ­mas tree, which she de­scribed as “spec­tac­u­lar”, was in­dica­tive of how far the men had come in their ven­ture.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d461192

Court­ney Smith and Josh Flintoff with David Syming­ton and Mike Wig­gin from Mosman Park Men's Shed.

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