Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­

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.

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