Wooden toy mak­ing work­shop

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Eco de­sign ad­vi­sor for the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil Nelson Lebo is in de­mand.

In less than three years, Lebo has made more than 1000 con­sult­ing con­tacts with com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als pro­mot­ing easy to achieve eco­nom­i­cal home heat­ing and com­fort for city house­holds, and con­duct­ing DIY work­shops.

On Thurs­day, he will be at the Manawatu Toy Li­brary on Church St con­duct­ing a wooden toy mak­ing work­shop.

The pro­ject will be based on putting to­gether rub­ber band pow­ered wooden pad­dle boats.

‘‘The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Toy Li­brary, the city coun­cil and Re­claimed Tim­ber Traders is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Sum­mer of DIY. It’ll be a child-friendly ses­sion of sand­ing, glu­ing, as­sem­bling, paint­ing and hope­fully float­ing,’’ Lebo said.

His Sum­mer of DIY ses­sions cov­ered a range of ac­tiv­i­ties from com­post­ing and mak­ing out­door furniture to so­lar power.

‘‘Toy mak­ing is some­thing that fits my role, and finds a pur­pose for small pieces of re­cy­cled tim­ber. And wooden toys are awe­some.’’

Most peo­ple Lebo said come to Re­cy­cled Tim­ber Traders look­ing for longer pieces in larger amounts for big­ger projects. Wooden toys make use of short lengths and off-cuts.

The Toy Li­brary’s Ju­lia Del­comyn said Thurs­day’s work­shop was about pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able play.

‘‘It is to show ‘big peo­ple’ the ben­e­fits and joy of creat­ing a durable qual­ity toy as op­posed to some­thing that’s not so durable. There are a lot of toys out there that have a lim­ited shelf life.’’

Among the ben­e­fits of the Toy Li­brary she said is that when toys lose their ap­peal, they can be re­turned and swapped for dif­fer­ent ones, while lim­it­ing the ex­pense for fam­i­lies that have sev­eral chil­dren to pro­vide play­things for.

A $95 an­nual mem­ber­ship pro­vides good value va­ri­ety year round.

‘‘It makes an en­vi­ron­men­tal as well as an eco­nom­i­cal dif­fer­ence,’’ Del­comyn said.

Not usu­ally open in the school hol­i­days, she said the li­brary’s work­shop will double as its preterm two open­ing ses­sion. Any­one want­ing to find out about li­brary ac­tiv­i­ties is wel­come.

The work­shop is at 200 Church St across from the fire sta­tion be­tween 9:30am and 1.00pm on Thurs­day, and will cost $10.

Nelson Lebo with Ju­lia Del­comyn, daugh­ters Leona (3) and Thea (5), and Nicola Sil­ver and son Oliver (2).

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