Rossendale Free Press

Vet Brian puts his skills on the table

- JOSEPH RICHARDS freepressn­ @RossFreePr­ess

AFORMER soldier has completed building a bespoke coffee table from reclaimed materials.

Brian McEvoy, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers veteran, is part of Haslingden’s Veterans in Communitie­s group.

He has been a member since the group opened a shop in Accrington in June 2018, is part of the pyrography group at VIC and has undertaken a number of different art projects since joining the charity.

Brian had seen a picture of a coffee table made using recycled materials to look industrial, and decided he wanted to recreate his own version.

He is now selling the finished table to raise money for the group.

Brian, from Clayton-leMoors, said: “At night I spend a long time searching for ideas for my pyrography and other art ideas on the internet.

“One night I saw something that got me thinking. There is a big difference to having an idea and getting the job done and this was my first real attempt at something like this.”

Pyrography is the free handed art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks.

The process involved him getting an old beam, which he battered and burned using an axe, a hammer and a flame thrower - while the table legs were made from steel pipes, and he used a recycled glass coffee table top to complete the piece.

He was assisted by Bernard Tighe, who runs veterans in production at VIC’s base in Haslingden and operations manager Bob Elliott.

“It was a nerve-racking task for me and I couldn’t have finished it without them,” said Brian.

“Now I have made one of these tables, I should be ok doing the next one.

“I felt quite anxious at times while making it because I couldn’t ouldn’t see the progress we were making but I was constantly reassured by the guys and in the end, everything did turn out well.

“I now look forward to seeing this table in a living room, conservato­ry or patio.”

Brian now wants to sell the table, with all proceeds being donated to VIC.

Operations Operations­manager manager Bob Elliott said: “I would like to say well done Brian for creating an outstandin­g piece of work.

“Anybody interested in buying the table can contact the office on 0170683318­0.

“We are looking for offers of around £350. I’m sure this will look very good in the right setting.”

 ?? Catherine Smyth ?? Brian McEvoy and assistance dog Buffy with his finished table. and (inset) at work on the project
Catherine Smyth Brian McEvoy and assistance dog Buffy with his finished table. and (inset) at work on the project

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