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WAIKATO TIMES: Hauraki wood turners help with historic classroom renovations (03/12/2018)

Monday, March 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Members of the Hauraki Wood Turners Club went back to school recently to help with an historic renovation project.

President Janice Kwak said the club was contacted by a roofing contractor to see if members could replace four of the finials or decorative ornaments on the roof of the Karangahake School buildings.

"The finials were made by club members, replicated exactly from one of the ones needing to be replaced," she said.

"Work has now been completed and the finials are in place. The school looks awesome in the bush setting in the hills above the gorge road."

The school was a "hidden gem" in the Karangahake Gorge in the hills opposite the Karangahake Reserve parking area, she said. Built in 1889, it has recently been repainted and reroofed.

The school, which has a roll of about 40 pupils, was undergoing renovations which included reroofing repainting and the replacement of 4 finials that were rotting and two others had already been replaced previously.

Their wood burning fire, which is their winter method of heating, has also been replaced.

Kwak said other community based projects the turning club had been involved in included providing wood turned and scroll saw Christmas ornaments and wood turned toys for the Khaki Miners of World War I Christmas display in Waihi, part of the Oceana Gold projects.

The club currently has a home school student learning scroll saw skills and would welcome another one or two students, she said.

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