Putting the twist into trash
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.