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PAPAKURA COURIER: Woodturners master their unique craft (12/22/2016)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
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No grain of wood is the same.

That's the beauty of all the handcrafted items made by the South Auckland Woodturners Guild, member and past president Bruce Wood says.

He has been a member of the club for 11 years and was among 27 woodturners with work on show at the annual Papakura exhibition.

Beautifully crafted bowls, chopping boards, toy cars, jewellery boxes, pens, clocks and a variety of household objects are on sale every year at the December pop up shop.

"Every single item is unique. They're all an one off and nothing is the same," he says.

The club was formed in 1988 with an initial membership of 43 people. It soon grew to be the largest woodturners guild in New Zealand with 150 members.

There are more than 40 other clubs throughout the country.

The guild meets every Wednesday at its Papatoetoe clubrooms for demonstrations and talks by skilled experts.

The tools of the trade such as lathes, chucks and chisels are available to members and lessons are also offered to beginners.

The club has a library of books, magazines and videos where members get ideas and information on the craft.  


Roger Wilson recently joined the club where he's been taught "everything from scratch".

"I've always had an interest in woodturning."

It was a hobby he was keen to pursue after retiring as a lighting engineer.

It's a difficult skill to master and beginners need to make hundreds of items before they start getting the hang of it, he says.

Long-time member Dick Veitch was just a schoolboy when he worked with a lathe for the first time around 1954.

Through his experience he helps tutor new members of the guild and enjoys entering woodturning competitions at the Royal Easter Show, National Woodskills Festival, and Franklin Arts.

Testing different woods on the lathe and testing different tools keeps the craft interesting, Veitch says.

"I also gain a lot of pleasure from participating in local, and more distant, woodturner gatherings."

The woodturners also like using their special skills for a good cause.

The South Auckland and Franklin clubs support the charity Look Good Feel Better by donating wooden wig stands.

The guild also supports the Child Cancer Foundation and Kidz First and is busy every Christmas making toys which are donated to struggling families.

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