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