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.

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