Rehab hobby a winner
Hard work rewarded at exhibitionLAUREN HAYES
Prize-winning woodworker Ian Sinclair has a nurse to thank for his interest in the hobby.
The Invercargill man first picked up woodworking tools about 35 years ago, at the insistence of his rehab nurse.
"I had an accident way back years ago and ... the rehab lady said you're an engineer, you'll be pretty good at woodwork."
The woman took him to a workshop out the back and just left him to his own devices, Sinclair said.
"She left me there and walked away ... I was still half crippled at that time and that's what started it."
Three decades later, woodworking has become his number one hobby and he credits it with keeping him sane.
He knew of many people who had retired and ended up in a "wooden box" 12 months later because they had nothing to do but watch television, he said.
"If I didn't do the woodwork, I'd be sitting watching that stupid square box."
The time away from the television was rewarded at this year's Southland Woodworkers' Guild exhibition, when Sinclair took home the best in show award for his fully functional cream separator.
Every component of the machine is crafted from wood, including the screws, and Sinclair estimated it took him about a month to put together.
He was inspired to build the cream separator by a fellow woodworker, who challenged him to recreate an image in a magazine in timber, he said.
Southland Woodworkers' Guild president Garry Brown said the annual exhibition was a chance for members to show off their creations and earn a little extra income, as most pieces were up for sale.
There are 76 works in the exhibition, ranging from bowls and vases to functional clocks and tools, as well as a selection of wooden toys.
City Gallery co-ordinator Kathryn Blomfield said the exhibition showed the wide variety of the work which could be produced with wood, and would hopefully generate more interest in the art form.
"It's a such a fabulous old school art that, unless we bring the next generation into it, we're going to lose it."
The exhibition runs at City Gallery until November 20.
Best in Show: Ian Sinclair
Most artistic: Garry Brown
Best box: Noel Brinsdon
Best cabinetry: Garry Brown
Best model: Adin Cockroft
Best scroll saw: Ron Sinclair
Best clock: Ross Nichol
Best bowl: Peter Alders
Best vase: Ken Welsh
Best platter: David Caughey
Best carvery: Bev Wilson
Domestic ware, practical: David Caughey
Domestic ware, ornamental: Ian Sinclair
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