Putaruru hosts artists
Woodturners from around New Zealand have been in Putaruru this week creating art from hunks of wood.
The Putaruru woodturners’ group organised the event, known as a collective, which had previously been held in Feilding.
Starting on Thursday, 21 wood turners were split into seven different groups of three.
Each trio was then randomly drawn a piece of wood from which they had to shape a centre piece for a dining table.
The groups worked on their pieces throughout the weekend in the college hall. In another room artists added finishing touches to the pieces with paint and other art tools. The collective ended yesterday when the pieces were auctioned off.
Each woodturner also made a small gift to be drawn out by another woodturner.
When the South Waikato News visited the collective on Sunday most pieces were well under way with a few nearly completed.
Organisers were calling the event a success and hoped the collective would be held in Putaruru for several years.
A grant from South Waikato District Council helped the Putaruru woodturning group, which is based at the New Zealand Timber Museum, to purchase equipment for the collective.
Two days were spent setting up the venue for the event, including wrapping many fittings in the hall in plastic to protect them from dust.
Woodturners travelled from as far as Christchurch to take part.
SHAPING: Warwick Day works on a piece.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Marg Pritchard sands someone’s work.
CONCENTRATE: Dan Arbuckle focuses on one of his centrepieces.
STEADY HANDS: A mixture of methods are used to create each piece.