Shirley and her husband, Clive own a 16 acre lifestyle block at Parua Bay on which they breed donkeys and run a Black and Coloured sheep flock.
The block has two bush lots of mostly mature native trees. From this Clive gets most of his wood for his woodturning, taking the wood from only those trees that have fallen or are about to fall . Other wood Clive sources from other people and occasionally buys a special piece.
Clive has been turning seriously for for 10 years although had done some previously. He likes working mostly in our native timbers particularly if it’s knotted or well grained or has an interesting shape. He is always looking for new shapes and ideas and does not like copying other peoples work, preferring to work on this own.
Lately Clive has been working with Totara and incorporating carving and Paua pieces for detail. The use of traditional Maori designs make these pieces interesting.
We shear the wool from our Black and Coloured Sheep which is then commercially carded. Shirley then spins and knits it into natural wool garments. Shirley is a member of the Whangarei Spinners and Weavers Club.