Show o­pens up the won­der of wood

George Herald - - NEWS - A­li­da de Beer

Beau­ti­ful wooden art and im­pres­si­ve wood­wor­king ma­chi­nes, e­quip­ment and acces­so­ries, de­mon­stra­ted at the hands of so­me skil­ful wood­tur­ners, we­re part of a gre­at of­fe­ring dis­hed up at the wee­kend’s Wor­king with Wood show at Nel­son Man­de­la U­ni­ver­si­ty (NMU).

Fran Kir­sten, show coor­di­na­tor, said vi­si­tors ca­me from all o­ver. “The­re we­re vi­si­tors from Ca­pe Town, Port E­li­za­beth, Riet­bron and as far as Bloem­fon­tein.”

So­me de­lig­ht­ful pie­ces we­re exhi­bi­ted by a top A­me­ri­can wood­tur­ner, Al S­tirt, the key­no­te de­mon­stra­tor. The pro­gram­me al­so in­clu­ded a host of South A­fri­can bof­fins who held de­mon­stra­ti­ons. Vi­si­tors could wa­tch whi­le i­tems li­ke cof­fee grin­ders, plat­ters, bo­wls, pens and pen­dants we­re tur­ned. Tex­tu­ring and pain­ting techni­ques we­re al­so de­mon­stra­ted to show how one can be e­ven mo­re cre­a­ti­ve with wood.

Ge­or­ge Wood­wor­kers Club part­ne­red with the show or­ga­ni­sers to pre­sent the e­vent at NMU, and the­re was an exhi­bi­ti­on by its mem­bers.

Pu­pils from three lo­cal high schools, Pa­calts­dorp, T­hem­ba­let­hu and Ou­te­ni­qua, ent­hu­si­as­ti­cal­ly took part in a com­pe­ti­ti­on pre­sen­ted with the aim of s­par­king in­te­rest in wood­work a­mong young­sters. Ac­cor­ding to Min­di Hunt, co-o­w­ner of Ver­mont

Sa­les (PTY) Ltd that spon­so­red the show,

The schools com­pe­ti­ti­on pro­ved ex­act­ly w­hat we ha­ve kno­wn for a long ti­me: Our youth are hun­gry for kno­w­led­ge a­bout t­his skill.

P­ho­to: A­li­da de Beer

Joe Ran­ga­ta (cen­t­re) and John Bord (left) from the a­ward-win­ning Blackli­ne Tool Com­pa­ny de­mon­stra­te tools that they de­ve­lo­ped for fi­ne wood­tur­ning work.

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