Putting the twist into trash

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

When it comes to turn­ing trash into trea­sure Toko­roa’s Ed­die Ho­gan is a man full of cre­ative ideas.

Whether it’s mak­ing a slat­ted cof­fee ta­ble out of wood from an old um­brella or a shelf out of an old seat, Ho­gan is al­ways up for the cre­ative chal­lenge.

But it is his lat­est cre­ation - a por­ta­ble wind­mill made out of old hedge trim­mer blades - that he hopes to one day see dis­played in some­one’s gar­den, that he is most proud of.

‘‘I had a bit of stuff here and there, a bit of metal, so I thought, ‘right, scrap metal yard’ and put it in a pile on the shed floor but then, by chance, co­in­ci­dence, or ac­ci­dent the blades from an old hedge trim­mer sort of formed a star. It was only rough but I thought hang on let’s ad­just these and from there I started to form the wind­mill,’’ he said.

Ho­gan, who also works as a part time gar­dener, said although de­signed to be purely or­na­men­tal, the wind­mill has three set­tings which al­low it to be fixed in place or turned quickly or slowly.

‘‘It took some work­ing out, it re­ally did as I had to get the dis­tances right be­tween the blades and the stand so that it could turn,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve used old hang­ing bas­ket chains to hold the blades in place and at first I used a nor­mal nut to at­tach it to its stand but every time the blades turned it came un­done so I had to change it for a ny­loc nut which stops that from hap­pen­ing.’’

‘‘It’s my pride and joy this one. I think it would be one of a kind in New Zealand,’’ he said.

He said the stand of the wind­mill, which is made from an old tent joiner, metal pipe, and two bits of of­f­cut wood, can be taken off so that the wind­mill can be col­lapsed for mov­ing around. It also al­lows for the wind­mill to be tilted back and fourth.

Ho­gan, who of­ten gets car­pen­try tips from his Ara­puni based brother who is a cab­i­net maker, said he plans to even­tu­ally take his cre­ations to mar­kets to sell and he al­ready has an idea in mind for his next project which will be mak­ing a shelf out of old skirt­ing boards.

‘‘I hang onto things un­til I have an idea of what I want to do with them and some­thing al­ways comes to mind even­tu­ally,’’ he said.

If you would like to buy Ho­gan’s wind­mill give him a call on 886 2356.

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