No waste

The Shed - - Boatbuildi­ng -

Scrap wood doesn’t get thrown away at Laver Marine. Work­ing at his own bench in the Laver work­shop is 83-year-old Michael Piner, hap­pily mak­ing chil­dren’s toys from left­over wood.

Michael also has sea­far­ing connection­s. He went to sea aged 14 and worked with wa­ter­front com­pa­nies after com­ing to New Zealand in 1960. He works three morn­ings a week mak­ing trucks and trac­tors which he gives away as presents or sells and do­nates the pro­ceeds to the Star­ship chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

“I’ve al­ways loved work­ing with wood and it keeps me fit and out of trou­ble. It’s a good way to co­or­di­nate the brain and hands,” he says.

Michael Piner mak­ing toys from scrap wood

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