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Metal man PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Beresford   

Metal man

Photography Geoff Osborne

It seems a long way to go from making leather sandals for a living to crafting fleets of intergalactic space ships that lead a double life as lamps but Andrew Palace has managed to negotiate the great divide successfully…

He moved into his Grey Lynn studio, Metal as Anything, in 1993 and since then hasn’t looked back, crafting fleets of fantastical space ships and creatures from recycled metal and glass objects.

“I’m not a perfectionist,” Andrew is the first to admit. “I’m working with recycled materials and I want to show that they are old. I’m not like an engineer who wants everything clean, sharp and fitting properly. That’s not what I’m into. I want to highlight that the pieces have had a very different life from their current incarnation.”

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If the shoe fits… PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Cleaver   

If the shoe fits…

Photographs: Rob Tucker

In the 1940s Kevin Schimanski used to watch his father shoe the big draught horses that were used to cart the milk in drays from South Taranaki farms to the factory.

At aged 10 he made up his mind to follow in his father’s footsteps. Aged 14 he was shoeing the neighbour’s pony at Matapu and in 1964, in his 20s, he set up his first forge and began work as a full-time farrier.

Now aged 78, Kevin is still going strong and with his sons Pat and Nathan the family business in Whanganui shoes horses from Taihape to South Taranaki.

To demonstrate their skills the three farriers agreed to make a hammer in the forge, use it to make a horse shoe and then shoe a horse.

The first thing that struck us was the huge anvil by the forge. It had chains wrapped around the base to absorb some of the ringing sound and keep the neighbours happy.

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From shop to shed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Allison   

From shop to shed

Photographs: Juliet Nicholas

The antique carved panels at the front of the converted hayshed near Rangiora, North Canterbury, give a clue to what goes on inside. Then there are the evocative odours of beeswax, shellac, leather and old timber. The smell of history…

This is the restoration workshop of Mike and Julie Kerr’s antique business. Inside, Mike and master restorer John Dix work their magic bringing tired and broken pieces of the past back to life.

Five years ago it was an open hayshed with a dirt floor on the Kerrs’ lifestyle block and Vaughan Antiques was operating from a building in Christchurch. But that was before the quakes when life was normal and a shed was a shed, not a bedroom or business premises.

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High flyer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stuart Lees   

High flyer

I am probably showing my age, but I grew up with the comics following a certain beagle, who was rather taken with imagining himself as a World War I fighter pilot, duelling with the Red Baron. There were also books handed down from my father, following the fictional World War I heroic pilot, Biggles. For both Snoopy and Biggles, their vehicle of choice was the Sopwith Camel, a rotary engine-powered biplane, with twin Vickers machine guns, which for much of the war was the deadliest plane in the air.

What better way to introduce a legendary aircraft to another generation than through the universal medium of toys?

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Gas Bottle forge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jude Woodside   

Gas Bottle forge

I first considered building one of these when I saw the examples that Shane Minnear (Cutting Edge) and Kieran Gleeson (Yambuk Blacksmith) had in their sheds in a recent issue of the magazine (The Shed, April/May 2015). I happen to have a few old 9kg LPG bottles lying about that I considered would be fine for the job.

When I came to select one, however, the most likely candidates proved to be full of gas. Far too much gas to vent so having committed to making the forge I opted for the second-best option and bought a new bottle. At only $45 it wasn’t a huge outlay although I know that many of you will be shaking your heads at my frivolous wastefulness.

Buying a new bottle has one very handy up side: there is no volatile gas in the bottle.

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Free wheeling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roger Lacey   

Free wheeling

New Zealand has been slow to adopt the electric bike revolution that is sweeping the globe but a couple of keen Kiwis (and a Canadian) are using their ingenuity to create e-bikes with a difference.

Anthony Clyde has had a varied background that included an unfinished degree in product development, importing semi-precious jewellery from India and writing a script for a short film that was selected for the Sundance Film Festival. In 2005 he had a dream about making electric bikes and has been focused on them ever since.

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