Firewood project fills Colin’s day
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.