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