EGGS TO WORKS OF ART
A TRAVELLING station hand has developed a rather unusual hobby of turning eggs in to art.
Ruben Williams has been carving intricate pictures in to emu eggs since he was 14-years-old.
Mr Williams is currently helping out on a property in Charleville and has been working on perfecting the town’s furry icon, the bilby.
“I’ve been carving eggs since I was about 14 and wherever I’m working at the time is where I’ll sell them,” he said.
“I just carve whatever I think of or whatever I see when I’m working like emus and kangaroos.
“I’ve done one of the bilby because of it’s significance here.”
Mr Williams said he mainly carves eggs but has also tried his hand at other various items.
“I normally find the emu eggs in the bush when I’m working,” he said.
“I’ve also done a few wooden walking sticks and if I see anything that looks like something I can carve then I’ll give it a go.”
Mr Williams said he’s lost count of how many carved eggs he has made and has even sold some overseas.
“I just make them whenever I have a spare moment between working,” he said.
“I wouldn’t be able to put a number on how many I’ve made over the years but there would be quite a few.
“I’ve actually sold some to people in Switzerland.”
When asked if he could recall a favourite carving, Mr Williams said they were all his favourite but he did have one in particular he was quite proud of.
“I’ve got a real good egg here now of Jonathan Thurston when they won the grand final on one side and the Cowboys shield on the other side,” he said.
“I might see if I can sell it to him for a few bob!”
EGG-CELLENT HOBBY: Ruben Williams has been carving emu eggs since he was 14 years old.