Ken Mitchell puts his handmade violin to work.
Ken Mitchell puts his handmade violin to work. Shannon Newley

Woodcrafters display their work

FROM trinkets to tables and cars to pictures, it was all on display at the Warwick Shire Woodcrafters open day at the weekend.

Ken Mitchell showed off his intricately crafted violins among the handcrafted treasures.

Mr Mitchell said he had made 13 violins.

"Each one takes about 120 hours to finish," he said.

Mr Mitchell said he crafted a range of items from wood but was inspired to make the instruments when fellow woodcrafter - the aptly named Ian Woods - started making them a few years ago.

"Violins are the most challenging," he said.

"Violins are the most expensive item ever created by man.

"There was one bought two and a half years ago for $3.6 million from the 1600s."

But on whether one of his pieces would sell for as much...

"Who knows?" Mr Mitchell laughed.

Wayne Vince said he was reliving his childhood by constructing cars and other vehicles.

The detailed items included a fire truck with fire helmets and upholstered seats, which took three months to build, and a boat which took 12 months.

His wife Jean also gets in on the woodcrafting action, creating illustrations.

"You draw it all out on the board with pencil, then use the burning iron to do the outlines, then the shading comes last," Mrs Vince said.

She first started when some of the men from the club lent her a burning iron.

"I did one and I threw it in the bin," she said.

"Wayne came along and asked where it was and got it out of the bin.

"He cut it out and put it in a frame and I put it in a show and it won first prize."

Warwick Shire Woodcrafters close for Christmas, but for more information call Ken Butler on 46611375 or Ed Ridley on 46611523.


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