Woodturners to show their skills
Demonstrations by award-winning woodturners feature at Tauranga Woodcrafters exhibition and show in Mount Maunganui this weekend.
Leith Gray from Rotorua and Tokoroa’s Neil Joynt will give free demonstrations alongside displays of their work during the show.
Neil will outline a variety of methods, including pyrography, texturing and colouring, he uses to embellish vessels turned to about 2mm thickness. He will also make jewellery.
The Putaruru Woodturners president enjoys incorporating Tokoroa’s Maori/ Pasifika culture in his work and recently featured alongside demonstrators from the US and Australia at the Woodturning New Zealand International Symposium in South Auckland.
Geyserland Guild of Woodturners president Leith Gray is renowned for the way he turns his speciality rattles but also produces off-centre pendants and square plates, which requires a high skill level.
The demonstrators, who are major award winners, will have displays of their work, much of which will be for sale.
A wide variety of work by guild members will also be on sale alongside displays and demonstrations of their work. There will be a chance to have a go at some of the displays.
Trade stands will offer the latest tools and equipment used by woodworkers alongside sales of wood turning blocks.
Scroll saw, intarsia and marquetry enthusiasts from the guild will display their work alongside that of woodturners, carvers and toymakers on the hall’s mezzanine floor.
Guild members hone their skills during regular group meetings at its headquarters in Cherokee Place, Mount Maunganui.
Since moving to the site more than two years ago, the guild, aided by grants, has purchased a wide range of woodworking machinery and tools.
Having the equipment allows it to run classes for home schooled children and students from The Family Works, who are mentored one-on-one by guild volunteers, or ‘granddads’. There are also evening and Saturday open workshops where guild members assist others with a wide range of wood working projects.
Guild president George Yardley says he is regularly amazed by work produce by its members and expects many pieces to be sold for Christmas presents.
Another show highlight will be demonstrations and a display by Tauranga Creative Fibre members. Their skills in spinning, weaving, felting and knitting will be complimented by the opportunity for visitors to have a go.
Entry is $5 for adults and raffles are available.
Te Puke’s Len Yeates is one of the members of Tauranga Woodcrafters who will have work in the guild’s exhibition this weekend.