Fire­wood pro­ject fills Colin’s day

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Colin Hill doesn’t let his se­verely in­flamed hip keep him in a chair – in­stead he is up and about mak­ing things out of wood or wool.

Mr Hill is a Waikato man born and bred.

He grew up in Te Aroha and spent most of his life there be­fore mov­ing to Wa­haroa to live and work as a builder.

Be­tween that and mov­ing to Mata­mata five years ago, he lived in the Chatham Is­lands for 13 years.

Day to day life is dif­fi­cult for Mr Hill now that his hip has be­come in­flamed after a pin was put in.

It is the se­cond pin he has had in­serted and now it is the se­cond time it needs to be re­moved.

Later this year Mr Hill is go­ing to Waikato Hospi­tal for four months to be op­er­ated on and have the pins taken out which is not an easy or com­fort­able process.

‘‘They said I won’t be al­lowed out of bed for four months,’’ he said, much to his dis­ap­point­ment be­cause sit­ting around is not in his na­ture.

‘‘It is a very painful process but I think I will be bet­ter off than I am now.’’

Un­til then, he has started col­lect­ing old wood from Hamil­ton busi­nesses to sell as fire­wood. Wood that has knots or splits can not be used for fur­ni­ture or build­ing so is of­ten free to a good home.

‘‘Any wood that has an im­per­fec­tion, I col­lect and I am sell­ing it as fire­wood,’’ he said.

‘‘I will also be chop­ping up a lot of kin­dling for peo­ple who want it.’’

Not only does it give him a few ex­tra dol­lars but wood­work is his hobby and it helps keep him oc­cu­pied.

‘‘I am also mak­ing fire lighters to sell now. This in­volves mak­ing news­pa­pers into pulp and set­ting it in small bricks. These are great for start­ing fires,’’ he said.

Mr Hill is on the look out for a work shed to store both his wood and elec­tric saw in, and use as a base for sell­ing the wood. He would pre­fer some­where in town that is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble with power and lock­able doors.

Be­sides chop­ping and sell­ing fire wood, Mr Hill also de­signs latch hook rugs. By stitch­ing wool through can­vas he de­signs mats of dif­fer­ent sizes and colours.

If any­one has a spare shed they are not us­ing or wants to buy fire­wood, contact Colin Hill on 027 376 6169.

Fire­wood: Colin Hill is chop­ping up old crates into kin­dling to sell to Mata­mata peo­ple.

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