Have lathe, will cre­ate

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

A cheeky re­quest set up Dan Ar­buckle’s re­tire­ment hobby and the fruit of his labour will be on dis­play at the Mata­mata Art So­ci­ety’s ex­hi­bi­tion.

Although Ar­buckle started work­ing life as a pas­try chef it was his work for, and sub­se­quent re­tire­ment from, an en­gi­neer­ing firm that re­sulted in his re­tire­ment hobby.

‘‘When I left I very cheek­ily asked my boss how much he was go­ing to spend on my re­tire­ment present,’’ he said.

His for­mer boss ended up pay­ing for Ar­buckle’s wood turn­ing lathe.

He has used it for 18 years to make hun­dreds of art pieces that are con­ver­sa­tion starters, he said.

Ar­buckle be­gan wood turn­ing after at­tend­ing a camp on hob­bies where wood turn­ing was pre­sented as an op­tion.

He has at­tended a few day cour­ses on it but mostly has taught him­self how to trans­form wood, mostly swamp kauri, into works of art which are sold in tourist gift shops and art mar­kets around the top of the North Is­land.

The wood work would also be on sale at the Mata­mata Art So­ci­ety’s ex­hi­bi­tion at the Memo­rial Cen­tre, next month.

Guest artists will in­clude painters Colin Gibbs, Colleen Tet­ley and pot­ters Dianne Parker and Mur­ray Gar­ner.

Fab­ric artist Bronya McAn­nal­ley and metal artist Adrian Wors­ley will also be ex­hibit­ing their work.

The event of­fi­cially opens on Oc­to­ber 17 at 7.30pm with an award pre­sen­ta­tion to the win­ner of the art com­pe­ti­tion, which has the theme: Seen at the sea­side.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is Oc­to­ber 18-19, 10am till 4pm.

Ad­mis­sion is $5 but free for stu­dents.

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