Wood­turn­ers host com­pe­ti­tion

Bush Telegraph - - Norsewood’s Norway Day - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke Wood­turn­ers Club hosted a suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion for mem­ber clubs within its zone at the Bar­ber Hall in Palmer­ston North on Sun­day May 20.

Nine clubs par­tic­i­pated — Taupo¯ , Hawke’s Bay, Master­ton, Welling­ton, Ka¯ piti, Wan­ganui, Strat­ford, Manawatu¯ and Dan­nevirke in this an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

Each club had to pro­duce 10 items mem­bers had made for a ta­ble dis­play, and judge Dick Veitch chose the best sin­gle items for awards.

No club mem­ber could en­ter more than two items and Dan­nevirke had work from six of its mem­bers — Joe Do­dun­ski, Ron Ash­ford, Kevin Curry, David Pretty, Colin Gainey and Sheree Davis.

Rob­bie Gra­ham from Taupo¯ won over­all, and Joe Do­dun­ski from Dan­nevirke won the Judge’s Choice Award spon­sored by Tay­lor Jensen Fine Arts. Joe’s plat­ter made from Lom­bardy po­plar bur was con­sid­ered “close to per­fect” in the judge’s words.

In ad­di­tion to the ta­ble dis­play each club had to per­form in a skill chal­lenge. Each year the task is dif­fer­ent and Dan­nevirke chal­lenged six mem­bers of each team to pro­duce a gavel and striker from macro­carpa blocks pro­vided. Teams had only a pic­ture and the ma­te­ri­als to work with on a lathe they had brought with them and 30 min­utes to do it.

Three op­er­a­tors from each team took turns to make the items — 10 min­utes each — in the morn­ing ses­sion while in the af­ter­noon an­other three had to copy what their team had made in the morn­ing.

Taupo¯ won the com­pe­ti­tion but Joe says hav­ing fun was more im­por­tant than the re­sult. Dan­nevirke Wood­turn­ers meet at Dan­nevirke High School ev­ery Tues­day night. There are eight adults and six stu­dents in the club and any­one is wel­come. Con­tact Joe at (06) 374-8054.

JOE Do­dun­ski with the Judge’s Choice Plaque and plat­ter which won it.

THE Gavel and Striker Chal­lenge — be­fore and af­ter.

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