Wooden toy making workshop
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).