MEMBER NEWS: South Auckland Woodturners turn it on - South Auckland, NZ
Monday, December 7, 2015
PAPAKURA COURIER: South Auckland Woodturners turn it on (12/07/2015)
Toys, bowls, decorations and tables are among more than 2000 items at the annual South Auckland Woodturners Guild exhibition.
The handcrafted objects have been made by 27 club members and are on sale in Papakura town centre near the Post Office until December 24.
Committee member Dick Veitch says there's a lot to choose from - the club can even help customers looking for something extra special.
"If it's not there, ask and someone may make it for you. All items are for sale as this is the prime fundraising activity for the guild.
"Club members are present to advise and help anyone with an interest in woodturning." he says.
Vases, spinning tops, chopping boards, clocks and pens are also among the crafted items.
The annual exhibition, which has been running since 1999, is a major fundraiser for the club and its 150 members.
Woodturners Terry Bennett and Bill Alden are helping run the shop.
Bennett, a retired builder, has been involved with the club for 12 years. He has 150 items for sale at the exhibition such as platters and pepper grinders and says it keeps him active in retirement.
Alden, who recently retired, has been a member of the guild for eight years and has 60 items on display.
He meets with other club members most Wednesdays to go over ideas and says woodturning has been a big "learning curve" for him.
"I've been a handyman for a few years but not an artist like some of the other guys."
Alden says he gets a lot of his ideas from magazines, books and DVDs -- Club members are always bouncing ideas off each other too, he says.
The items are on display Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm at 138 Great South Rd, Papakura, until December 24.
WOODTURNERS GIVE TO CHARITY
Woodturners are putting their special skills to good use.
The South Auckland and Franklin clubs have recently delivered 40 wooden wig stands to cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better.
It's among a number of charities the guild supports including the Child Cancer Foundation and Kidz First.
Committee member Dick Veitch says the woodturners are also busy making toys to donate to struggling families this Christmas.