Crafts­man­ship and team­work in wood­turn­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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