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TARANAKI DAILY NEWS: Wood workers enjoy success at National Woodskills competition (10/17/2017)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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After taking up wood-working as a hobby just two and a half years ago, a Taranaki woman has taken out a top national award.

Doreen Hooper won first place in the Marquetry and Intarsia category at the Kawerau Woodfest and National Woodskills Competition 2017 with her work called Rust in Peace.

The work, which has a strong car theme, has cars all stacked up on top of each other and combines a mixture of ash, redwood and mahogany wood to tell a story.

Hooper said she was blown away by the winning the category and that it was nice to be recognised.

The idea for her piece came from artist Rachael Foster's print 'Hub of Horopito' and took around 150 hours to complete.

"It's hard to put a time frame on how long it took because there was just so much work involved," she said.

She and husband Ian, who have been married for 48 years, have been regular spectators to the Kawerau event previously and she finished third last year when she entered for the first time.

He passion for wood-working came primarily from helping Ian, who was a builder who also used to make toys, cots and rocking horses before he retired.

"I was just drawn to it, I like the creativity and there's no limits to what you can do," she said.

"You start with bits of wood and hopefully don't end up with firewood at the end."

However, Ian hasn't hung up the tools completely and the pair have a wood-working studio in their garage at home where they spend hours making all sorts of creations to sell.

Doreen said had tried her hand at a range of crafts previously having done knitting, embroidery and dressmaking before but said she much preferred the wood-work.

"The best thing about wood is it never dies and is always available," Hooper said.

"And you can always burn your mistakes."

She is also a member of the Taranaki Wood Workers guild and The Stratford Wood Turners Association.

New Plymouth artist Bruce Cowley also won two awards, a third for his carving piece made from pohutukawa and a highly commended for his Saturn Bowl in the woodturning category at the same event.

Cowley has been doing wood turning and carving for over 12 years and has had success at national competitions before.

"You can do so much with wood and no two bits are the same," he said.

"Some people think I'm nuts but it's a real pleasurable pasttime and I just love the challenge of taking an idea and then putting your spin on it."

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