Woodturners gather to share skills

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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