WOODCRAFT IS OVER & WAS A SUCCESS!
WATCH OUT FOR US 7/8 OCTOBER 2017
AGAIN AT THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM - 45 Laings Road Lower Hutt
THE HUTT'S PREMIER ARTS SPACE
My woodworking activity started when as a 7 year old at Primary school during the early part of WW2 our teacher gave each boy a Coping saw and a piece of 3 ply wood about the size of a sheet of A4 paper, with which to make whatever we wished. At this time our home was across the road from an Army Camp and I chose to make a pistol that used a rubber band for ammunition. I never did shoot a fly but having an active mind and hearing of some war stories I used to take my loaded pistol to bed just in case someone got into our house. ("What nonsense goes through the minds of children?")
As a 12 year old, I and the other boys in our class went once a week to a Technical College to learn how to use hand tools, ie, a handsaw, square, chisel, marking knife, hammer, nail punch, spoke-shave and hand planes.
Some 16 years later I started going to night classes at Secondary Schools, first in my home town and later in Wellington at Wellington High School, Onslow and Newlands Colleges. I continued this for another 20 years after which my tool box enabled me to work from home.
During this time I made beds, book cases, tables, toys, a full size drop side cot, radio gram and two speaker cabinets, stools and did home maintenance work. When challenged to make a nest of three tables with turned legs the night class Supervisor said "there is the lathe, go to it." He gave me some help to fit a square length of timber on to the lathe and showed me how to turn it to a cylinder using a spindle roughing gouge. No other tuition was given but the results were satisfactory.
When getting towards retirement, a colleague suggested I needed to have a reason to get out of bed each day. With this in mind I attended Newlands College to try woodturning and decided that I rather liked it but I had much to learn, which I am still doing with the help and guidance of other Guild members and reading Woodturning Magazines from NZ, England and the USA.
In 1998 I purchased a Teknatool 3000 lathe and chisels and have continued turning ever since but for some time now family commitments have curtailed my lathe time.
During the past 17 years my work includes bowls, platters, clocks, pens and pencils, jewellery stands, kitchen and household items and toys.
I consider woodworking to be a disease which when you get the bug it is incurable and I only wish that I had started many years before I did.
TURNINGS PLUS 2016 HAS NOW FINISHED
WIG STANDS PROJECT - WHY NOT HELP?