A town’s unique her­itage

The Shed - - Vehicle Restoratio­n -

A pair of orig­i­nal Model T kerosene lamps were found and fit­ted, and the bus still has the orig­i­nal 6V elec­tri­cal sys­tem it came with.

New can­vas sides were made up. Mark is a sailor and he ob­tained a roll of can­vas and had the know-how to sew them up.

Max is a ma­rine sur­veyor and boat builder. He and his wife Rachael run Laver Ma­rine Ltd, based on the main street of Pio­pio. The com­pany makes small, high-qual­ity boats to or­der, and fur­ni­ture.

One may well ask what a boat­build­ing busi­ness is do­ing in a small land­locked town a long way from the sea. That ques­tion was an­swered in the last is­sue of The Shed, No. 79, when we fea­tured Laver Ma­rine’s spe­cialty boat build­ing and its unique range of boats, built by hand with care.

“The bus was fun to build. I’d love to build a tram or train car­riage one day,” says Max.

The bus is taken out for lo­cal Christ­mas pa­rades and other King Coun­try events.

“It’s a piece of the town’s her­itage,” Max adds.

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