Jared passionate about woodcraft
School holidays will find most 12 year old boys in front of a gaming console or out on their skateboards, not so Jared Sewell, you will find him out in the back shed working with wood.
Jared, 12, who has been home schooled by correspondence for the past two years, has been attending sessions at the Hauraki Woodturners Club in Paeroa since the beginning of the third school term.
His mother, Tracey Hopkins, said he had taken to it like a duck to water, it had been amazing.
‘‘Jared’s dad works at Farmlands and one of the men from the club went in one day and said they would love to have some home schooled kids come along and learn woodwork and that is how it all started,’’ she said.
Jared said he just loved the whole experience.
‘‘I enjoy coming to the shed and chatting to all the men and I love working with the machines and making things out of wood,’’ he said.
To create an item a paper pattern is first attached to the wood. A drill press is used to drill out small holes so the blade from the scroll saw can be inserted into the middle of the pattern to be cut out. Then the piece is sanded and finished, with oil, paint or left natural.
Hopkins said first thing every day of the holidays he is down in the shed working away.
‘‘His grandfather actually had a scroll saw in the garage he had been given and never used so he hauled it out and gave it to Jared which has been marvellous,’’ she said.
Club secretary Janice Kwak said the club got the idea of getting home schooled kids involved from a visit to the Tauranga Woodwork Club.
‘‘Over there they work with disadvantaged kids and they have had outstanding results as far as improvements in their school work and manners. The kids are proud of creating something, many for the first time in their lives,’’ she said.
She said the club had been lucky to have come to the notice of OceanaGold who has made a donation which has allowed the club to purchase a new drill press and two new scroll saws and Bunnings Paeroa have donated an orbital sander.
‘‘We love having Jared here and look forward to sharing our time and knowledge with other children,’’ she said.
Jared Sewell, 12, about to cut out an intricate design on the scroll saw.