By Jim Maloney
Not really knowing what was in store, 20 members departed from various spots and headed for Richard Hare's property North of Morewa. Most found their way okay but one lost car load had to be given directions by phone. Thanks Simon!
Richard Hare turns out to be one of a very few Kiwi craftsmen if not the only one, who uses old style hand tools when crafting wood.
Richard talked in detail about his craft and demonstrated the complete process of making beautifulWindsor chairs using flat sided axes, a heavy mallett hammer maul, draw knives, spoke shaves, tapered augers, an adze and a very efficient pole lathe to shape the pieces.
Most of us use very few hand tools on our turning projects, so this was an inspiring lesson in the effective use of very old but very sharp hand tools.
An enjoyable and informative day out was had by