Pu­taruru hosts artists

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

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