Have lathe, will create
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.