Wood­turn­ers to show their skills

Te Puke Times - - News / Sport -

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.

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