Craftsmanship and teamwork in woodturning
The school holidays are in full swing but Putaruru College was bustling last week, hosting the Putaruru Woodturning Collaboration.
The event attracted woodturners from all over the country. Starting on January 5, it culminated in an auction of the pieces created on site.
Putaruru Woodcrafters member Eric Wolfe said the five-day event was a brilliant spectacle of craftsmanship.
‘‘You can see here that we have crafters from all over the country and some of the pieces are very creative,’’ he said.
‘‘Some of the guys were here first thing in the morning and were here until 9pm,’’ he added.
The aim of the event was to pass on knowledge to other crafters.
‘‘The aim is to join together ideas and pass on skills to people, and to also work as teams.
‘‘They are all in teams of three,’’ he said.
Some of the finished works included a stunning jewellery box, a corset and a toadstool set.
One of the champions of the event was Franklin Woodturners Club member Peter Steele who, despite being legally blind, manned an operating table where he created his wooden masterpiece.
HARD AT WORK: Michele Pointon takes her time as she burns patterns on to a carved piece.