TIM­BER ARTIST

LIONEL RICHARD JEFCOATE ( 1932 – 2018)

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It was with great sad­ness that we learned of the pass­ing in July of boat­builder and master crafts­man Lionel Jefcoate, aged 85. Based in Have­lock in his later years, Lionel was a true gentle­man and some­thing of a leg­end in New Zealand’s boat­build­ing in­dus­try, re­garded as one of the coun­try’s most tal­ented and pro­duc­tive tim­ber crafts­men.

Over his ca­reer he built 57 boats – in as many years – ves­sels of every size, shape and form. These were doc­u­mented in a book he pub­lished – 57 Boats Later...

Many would ar­gue that he was even bet­ter known for his ex­traor­di­nar­ily de­tailed tim­ber artefacts – pieces that typ­i­cally ex­hib­ited his pre­ci­sion mar­quetry, in­lays of mul­ti­ple types of tim­ber. Chests, bowls, ta­bles – all were cov­eted by col­lec­tors and con­nois­seurs of tim­ber artistry. A re­mark­able man, a re­mark­able tal­ent, a re­mark­able legacy.

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