Banksia logs turned into exquisite cabinet
Trees removed to make way for the Waterview Connection project in Mt Albert have been transformed into an intricately designed cabinet.
The Well-Connected Alliance offers wood to community groups and other organisations when land is cleared for the motorway extension.
A few of the groups which have shown interest include Star Mills Preservation Group, The Friends of Oakley Creek and Waterview School.
But Unitec is the first organisation to produce something new with the materials.
Furniture and cabinetmaking student John Soi spent six weeks making the cabinet out of banksia timber removed from around Richardson Rd.
Mr Soi is from Papua New Guinea and the cabinet is inspired by Swedish design.
Furniture and cabinetmaking lecturer Sid Suha Aksoy says it also leans towards Victorian design.
‘‘John has added his own features to it. He has brought the Victorian style into the 21 century.’’
Mr Soi presented the cabinet to the Well-Connected Alliance project manager John Burden at an event held at Unitec on Friday afternoon.
Mr Burden says it’s a wonderful gesture.
‘‘When we gift organisations and interest groups with wood that has been cleared from site, we are pleased that the felled trees have a purpose and new life.’’
Initially the cabinet will be on display in the WellConnected Alliance’s reception area for staff and visitors to see, he says.
It’s likely the cabinet will be auctioned at a later date in order to benefit a charity or community group in the area.
Exquisite workmanship: Unitec student John Soi has made a cabinet from banksia logs which were felled to allow for the Waterview Connection motorway extension.
Before shot: It took almost two years for the wood to dry out before it could be made into furniture.