Woodturners gather to share skills
To kick-start the New Year, Matamata woodturners are heading to Putaruru to help out at the annual wood turning collaboration.
The national event hosted by the Putaruru branch, whose members include people from Tokoroa and Matamata, will see wood enthusiasts from around the country flock to design a variety of items and share their skills with others. People interested in learning how to turn wood can also head for lessons on Sunday, January 8 from 1pm at Putaruru College.
This will be followed by an auction on Monday, January 9 at the school and all the pieces designed will be up for grabs.
Last year all 75 items on sale were sold within hours.
Matamata woodturner Dan Arbuckle is encouraging people to head along and have a go – even if they have never tried it before.
‘‘We would like come along.
‘‘ This collaboration
not only a good way to encourage woodturners to get together and learn from each other but also promote it to people who have not done it before,’’ he said.
‘‘We are trying to encourage young people to try it because it makes a great hobby.’’
This is the second year it has been held in Putaruru and there are plans for it to be here for another three years.
Previously the event was held in Feilding but after five years there, local woodturners decided they were happy to take it over.
‘‘ People come from anywhere, all over New Zealand – one person even comes up from Christchurch in his double decker bus just to join in,’’ Mr Arbuckle said.
Mr Arbuckle has been doing woodturning for 15 years now after he gave it a go and decided it would make a great hobby.
He said he had a few lessons originally but then taught himself by watching others and sharing tips. For more information contact Dan Arbuckle on 888 7303.
Creative: One of the items made by Ross Vivian, Roger Mabey and Cathy Langley at last year’s woodturning collaboration.