Guild a platform for woodworkers

Southland Woodworkers Guild member Lindsay Paddon carves a twisted stem into a wooden goblet.

SOUTHLAND Woodworkers Guild president Barry McLaughlin says he is now a firm believer about the power of advertising.

The Guild has been hosting open days for many years in its Mary St, Invercargill, rooms in an attempt to attract more interest to the woodworking craft and crafts people.

However, after instigating a marketing campaign, club members had seen an increase in the number of visitors they received for the open days in November.

About 400 people arrived to peruse the intricate and award-winning crafts on display.

There is an expansive variety of items produced by the club members; everything from small, child-friendly toys to heirloom grandfather clocks.

And all the woodworks were for sale, he said.

The toys were particularly good quality, as they were not mass produced, but crafted by hand in the city.

The Guild has provided a platform for several decades for young people to come and develop their interest in woodcraft.

It was a craft that developed skills over a lifetime for both men and women.

Bev Wilson took the 2021 Best in Show honours with her whimsical carved tree-stump house.