Kindling cracker still proving to be an award winner

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 06:48 17/06/2014
Taranaki Daily News Online

Taranaki's Ayla Hutchinson goes from strength to strength at the National Fieldays.

Ayla Hutchinson
ANDY JACKSON/ Fairfax NZ
CRACKING ON: Ayla Hutchinson’s ingenious kindling-chopping device won plenty of fans at Field Days last week.

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Ayla Hutchinson's kindling cracker is still proving to be an award winner.

The Tariki teen sold out of the product at last week's Fieldays and won the Vodafone People's Choice Award for her simple invention that makes chopping kindling easy and safe.

"We ordered about 400 before and took half of those with us and left the other half at home for online sales," Ayla's father Vaughan told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.

"We sold out in 2 days and were telling people to order online and that sold out too," he said.

Ayla, 15, said winning was a surprise given the stiff competition.

"It was awesome, I didn't think I was going to win because there were so many great ideas."

She said there were a few people who had told her they wished the contraption had been around 20 years ago.

They would then show her where their finger used to be.

Demand for the Kindling Cracker has been so high the company producing the product is struggling to keep up and the family is working overtime.

"It's all go. That girl has created a lot of work for the family," Vaughan said.

"It's full on, but the plan is to sell more to save people from chopping their fingers off," Ayla added.

She came up with the idea - a fixed blade on to which the operator hammers wood - after watching her mother cut herself while chopping wood.

Her school science fair project was then released at last year's Field Days where Ayla won a young inventor award.

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